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, Google rewards high-quality content created with user intent in mind. John Hall, Forbes, 31 July 2022 In a nutshell: The Kardashians share more glimpses into their lives in a documentary-style program. Amel Mukhtar, Vogue, 25 July 2022 In a nutshell, an elliptic curve is a special kind of function. Dave Linkletter, Popular Mechanics, 22 July 2022 In a nutshell, TV shows produced for Disney or Netflix are no longer treated as individual businesses with their own income statements and profit and loss reports. Cynthia Littleton, Variety, 21 July 2022 In a nutshell: Jess is broke, alone and needs a fresh start. Lauren Daley,, 20 July 2022 The Resurfacing Saffron Masque is meant to transform dull, dehydrated complexions (me, in a nutshell) into gloriously soft, unmistakably glowing skin. Michelle Rostamian, Allure, 19 July 2022 This, in a nutshell, is diversity consciousness: a basic awareness of diversity and recognition that diversity is a good thing. Bernard Marr, Forbes, 18 July 2022 In a nutshell, that means more high-density housing will need to break into the predominantly single-family neighborhoods. Emily Alvarenga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 July 2022 See More

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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 14 Aug. 2022.

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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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