oak

noun, often attributive
\ ˈōk How to pronounce oak (audio) \
plural oaks or oak

Definition of oak

1a : any of a genus (Quercus) of trees or shrubs of the beech family that produce acorns also : any of various plants related to or resembling the oaks
b : the tough hard durable wood of an oak tree
2 : the leaves of an oak used as decoration

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oak 1a: 1 acorn, 2 leaf

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Other Words from oak

oaken \ ˈō-​kən How to pronounce oaken (audio) \ adjective

Examples of oak in a Sentence

Tall oaks line the street. The table is solid oak. The cabinets are made of oak.
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Chip and Joanna used a light, neutral color palette and French oak wood floors, giving the interior an airy, open feel. Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "Chip And Joanna Gaines Are Selling This Gorgeous Texas Farmhouse For $625,000," 13 Feb. 2019 The oak countertop on the VADHOLMA island adds warmth, while the black and white color scheme keeps things modern. Jessica Dailey, Good Housekeeping, "Your Style," 11 Feb. 2019 The kitchen was expanded, a breakfast room was added, and heart-pine floors were switched to a paler oak. Julia Reed, ELLE Decor, "Tour a rebuilt and refreshed California home damaged by fire," 11 Feb. 2019 Next to a beautiful sideboard (c. 1904-05) by the influential American designer Gustav Stickley is an anonymous 1914 child’s rocking chair, boasting similar wood (oak) and related aesthetics. Edward Rothstein, WSJ, "‘The Rise of Everyday Design: The Arts and Crafts Movement in Britain and America’ Review: Reformist, Yet Committed to Beauty," 11 Feb. 2019 Prairie Artisan Ales cellarman Chance McCall tipping, or emptying, Okie Imperial Brown Ale from oak barrels into stainless steel tanks to cool before bottling. Ruth Simon, WSJ, "Where Did All the Craft Beer Go? Government Shutdown Closes Tap on New Brews," 11 Jan. 2019 The warehouses are stacked high with American oak barrels as the whiskeys age and take on flavor. Catherine M. Allchin, The Seattle Times, "A spirited partnership with Woodinville Whiskey Co. saved the day (and then some) at a struggling family farm," 23 Oct. 2018 All Scotch whisky has to be distilled in Scotland and aged there in oak barrels for at least three years. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "How to Drink Whiskey: A Complete Guide," 1 Oct. 2018 For instance, bourbon actually enters the barrel as a clear liquid, and takes its distinctive hue from the inside of the oak barrels it is stored within. Todd Piro, Fox News, "The Kentucky Bourbon Trail is a treat for the eyes, nose, and most importantly, the taste buds," 6 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of oak

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for oak

Middle English ook, oke, going back to Old English āc, going back to Germanic *eik- (whence also Old Frisian ēk "oak," Old Saxon ēc, Old High German eih, eihha, Old Norse eik), of obscure origin

Note: Old English āc is a feminine root noun (dative singular and nominative plural ǣc), though forms leveled to other declensions with umlaut are already evident. Germanic *eik- has been compared with the Greek words aigílōps, a name in Theophrastus for a species of oak (Quercus macrolepis?), and krátaigos, a species of hawthorn (also in Theophrastus), but interpretation of the conjoined elements of these words is conjectural (lṓpē is not actually attested in the sense "cork" or "bark"). The derivation of Latin aesculus "a species of oak (Quercus petraea?)" is obscure. The Lithuanian dialect forms áižuols and áužuolas "oak," superficially comparable, are hypercorrections of ą́žuolas, which is very unlikely to be related to *eik- (cf. Old Prussian ansonis = German eche in the Elbing Vocabulary).

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oak

noun

English Language Learners Definition of oak

: a type of tree that grows in northern parts of the world and that produces acorns
: the wood of an oak tree

oak

noun
\ ˈōk How to pronounce oak (audio) \

Kids Definition of oak

: a tree or shrub that produces acorns and has tough wood much used for furniture and flooring

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