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, this path is a battle between Congress and the president. Zack Friedman, Forbes, "2 Paths To Student Loan Cancellation," 20 Apr. 2021 That in a nutshell is the invitation posed by the museum’s new contemporary art installation. Steven Litt, cleveland, "Cleveland Museum of Art’s reinstalls contemporary art galleries with focus on artistic forms, social issues," 18 Apr. 2021 This is Hercule Poirot in a nutshell: at once arrogant and sympathetic, vain and vulnerable, a dandified snob deeply attuned to the problems of other people. Christoph Irmscher, WSJ, "‘Agatha Christie’s Poirot’ Review: The Mind and the Mustache," 16 Apr. 2021 In a nutshell, the aarooGo Remote Control for Apple TV is an Apple TV remote with no touchpad. Maren Estrada, BGR, "RIP, Apple TV remote: There’s finally a replacement and it’s only $15 at Amazon," 16 Apr. 2021 Their own story, in a nutshell, goes like this: In 2011, Tselikis, then living in Boston and selling medical devices, made a trip out to LA to visit Lomac., "Two Maine cousins bought a food truck in 2012. Now they host a show on the Food Network," 13 Apr. 2021 There was Bienchen in a nutshell: cute as the dickens but equipped with lacerating teeth. Washington Post, "Was Bebe Thomsen a ditsy animal lover or a Nazi spy? Even her friends wondered.," 12 Apr. 2021 So, tell me about Meseekna and the Decision Making Performance Index in a nutshell. Jill Griffin, Forbes, "To Be Successful, Think About How You Think.," 10 Apr. 2021 That, in a nutshell, was Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal, the whole point of which was to cover state cartels and monopolies, in agriculture and labor, with a blanket of protection. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "‘Stuffing Their Mouths with Gold’ — Selling the Biden/Yellen Tax Cartel," 10 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of nutshell

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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30 Apr 2021

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“Nutshell.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 May. 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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