nut·​shell ˈnət-ˌshel How to pronounce nutshell (audio)
: the hard external covering in which the kernel of a nut is enclosed
: something of small size, amount, or scope
in a nutshell
: in a very brief statement

Examples of nutshell in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of nutshell was in the 13th century

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“Nutshell.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

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nut·​shell ˈnət-ˌshel How to pronounce nutshell (audio)
: the shell of a nut
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