nutshell

noun nut·shell \ ˈnət-ˌshel \
|Updated on: 15 Jul 2018

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

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First Known Use of nutshell

13th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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NUTSHELL Defined for English Language Learners

nutshell

Definition of nutshell for English Language Learners

  • : the hard outer shell of a nut


NUTSHELL Defined for Kids

nutshell

noun nut·shell \ ˈnət-ˌshel \

Definition of nutshell for Students

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


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