oak

noun, often attributive \ ˈōk \
Updated on: 20 Nov 2017

Definition of oak

plural oaks or oak
1 a : 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

oaken

play \ˈō-kən\ adjective

Examples of oak in a Sentence

  1. Tall oaks line the street.

  2. The table is solid oak.

  3. The cabinets are made of oak.

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Origin and Etymology of oak

Middle English ook, from Old English āc; akin to Old High German eih oak and perhaps to Greek aigilōps, a kind of oak


OAK Defined for English Language Learners

oak

noun

Definition of oak for English Language Learners

  • : a type of tree that grows in northern parts of the world and that produces acorns

  • : the wood of an oak tree


OAK Defined for Kids

oak

noun \ ˈōk \

Definition of oak for Students

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


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