pea·​nut | \ ˈpē-(ˌ)nət How to pronounce peanut (audio) \

Definition of peanut

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1 : a low-branching widely cultivated annual herb (Arachis hypogaea) of the legume family with showy yellow flowers having a peduncle which elongates and bends into the soil where the ovary ripens into a pod containing one to three oily edible seeds also : its seed or seed-containing pod
2 : an insignificant or tiny person
3 peanuts plural : a trifling amount
4 : a pellet usually made of polystyrene foam that is used especially as packing material



Definition of peanut (Entry 2 of 2)

: insignificant, petty peanut politics

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Examples of peanut in a Sentence

Noun Five billion dollars is peanuts compared to what the government spends each year. He works all day for peanuts. Adjective this is a peanut matter, and we're fools for wasting time on it
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Pueblo Food Project supplied 60 bags of food, containing essentials like bread, bananas, peanut butter and jelly, which were distributed throughout the camps. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Class pets, weed boom, school robots: News from around our 50 states," 5 May 2021 The business is named after Burns’ 4-year-old daughter Taylynn, who like any kid, loves her peanut butter and jelly. Chuck Blount, San Antonio Express-News, "Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches get an adult flavor upgrade at San Antonio's PB&J with Tay food truck," 30 Apr. 2021 Sending care packages with snacks, Gatorade, peanut butter, Ziploc bags and toiletries, such as eye drops, lotion, tissues and foot powder, is way to show them they are not forgotten and they are appreciated, Maxson said. Kimberly Fornek,, "La Grange’s Denning Park to become Field of Honor for military personnel and frontline workers," 30 Apr. 2021 Mix one tablespoon of a peanut butter and honey mixture with ¼ teaspoon boric acid. Washington Post, "It’s outdoor entertaining season. Here’s how to keep the bugs at bay.," 26 Apr. 2021 Shelf-stable food items can also be dropped off, including rice, pancake mix, syrup, boxed potatoes, boxed dinners like Hamburger Helper or macaroni and cheese, and peanut butter and jelly., "Naperville News Digest," 21 Apr. 2021 Yang’s sauce is about half oil, half sediment, completely separated like a jar of natural peanut butter. Jenn Harris Columnist, Los Angeles Times, "L.A. is in the middle of a chile sauce craze. 16 to try now," 21 Apr. 2021 Some people have even bought their own skates to do so, moving beyond the peanut butter training wheels to skates where their favorite sports teams and movies are airbrushed on. Michelle Ailport, The Arizona Republic, "Valley roller skaters adapt during pandemic, embrace community to overcome adversity," 21 Apr. 2021 In theory, the mouse leaps onto the cover to get the peanut butter and falls into the pail. Margaret Atwood, The New Yorker, "Old Babes in the Wood," 19 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Using Park Lane Pantry’s newest chocolate granola, plus peanut butter, coconut flour and cocoa powder, these energy bites are a refrigerator staple. Dallas News, "Local gluten-free granola from Park Lane Pantry expanding to grocery stores," 26 May 2020 To prepare dressing, combine peanut butter, hoisin sauce, brown sugar and chili garlic paste until smooth. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Asian Chicken Noodle Bowl is perfect make-ahead meal," 16 May 2020 In a small bowl, whisk together peanut butter, honey, ginger, 2 tablespoons lime juice, 1/4 cup reserved coconut mixture, and remaining ½ teaspoon chili sauce; set aside. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Thai-Style Peanut Chicken Wraps," 30 Apr. 2020 Two of our Presidents (Thomas Jefferson and Jimmy Carter) were peanut farmers. Amanda Erickson, Washington Post, "Europe is using peanut butter to send a message to Trump," 9 Mar. 2018 Two of our presidents (Thomas Jefferson and Jimmy Carter) were peanut farmers. Amanda Erickson,, "Europe is using peanut butter to send a message to Trump," 9 Mar. 2018 The sandwiches are not peanut butter on white bread. Steve Rubenstein,, "On the bright side: Salvation Army rallies volunteer troops to feed SF’s homeless," 4 May 2020 Combine peanut butter, eggs, chocolate milk, cinnamon, and salt in a blender (or just mix well with a whisk!). Whitney Perry, Glamour, "Disney’s French Toast Recipe: Here’s How to Make It at Home," 22 Apr. 2020 While peanut allergy symptoms can vary among individuals, the most extreme response is anaphylaxis. Jamie Primeau, NBC News, "1st peanut allergy drug for children approved by FDA," 1 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of peanut


1802, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1836, in the meaning defined above

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“Peanut.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of peanut

: a nut with a thin shell that grows under the ground and that can be eaten
informal : a very small amount of money


pea·​nut | \ ˈpē-ˌnət How to pronounce peanut (audio) \

Kids Definition of peanut

: a nutlike edible seed related to the pea that comes from the tough underground pods of a widely grown plant and that are eaten whole or crushed to form a spread ( peanut butter ) or produce oil for cooking ( peanut oil )

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