nut·​shell | \ ˈnət-ˌshel How to pronounce nutshell (audio) \

Definition of nutshell

1 : the hard external covering in which the kernel of a nut is enclosed
2 : something of small size, amount, or scope
in a nutshell
: in a very brief statement

Examples of nutshell in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In a nutshell, the movement is really the vital organ of a watch. John Brodie, Town & Country, 14 June 2021 In a nutshell, her critics erroneously believed that once one of the three doors was eliminated, the odds of finding the car behind either of the remaining two doors was 50-50. Jo Craven Mcginty, WSJ, 11 June 2021 That's mainstream Republicanism in a nutshell: do whatever is necessary to protect the power of the party. Julian Zelizer, CNN, 27 May 2021 In a nutshell: Twelve-year-old Maxine Chen has her sights set on the Olympics. NBC News, 27 May 2021 This is Brooks’s story in a nutshell, at least on the surface, related with characteristic confidence and candor. Patrick Blanchfield, The New Republic, 25 May 2021 In a nutshell, unemployment lowers the opportunity cost inherent with pursuing any kind of entrepreneurial venture. Roy Ferman, Forbes, 25 May 2021 In a nutshell, the CAA applies many federal anti-discrimination laws to Congress and its 30,000 plus employees, like Title VII, ADEA and ADA. Tom Spiggle, Forbes, 20 May 2021 In a nutshell, buoyed by declining cases earlier this year, Mr. Modi declared victory too soon. Sadanand Dhume, WSJ, 13 May 2021

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First Known Use of nutshell

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Nutshell.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of nutshell

: the hard outer shell of a nut


nut·​shell | \ ˈnət-ˌshel How to pronounce nutshell (audio) \

Kids Definition of nutshell

: the shell of a nut
in a nutshell
: very briefly And that, in a nutshell, is my explanation.


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