wal·​nut | \ ˈwȯl-(ˌ)nət How to pronounce walnut (audio) \

Definition of walnut

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : the furrowed nut of any of a genus (Juglans of the family Juglandaceae, the walnut family) of deciduous trees especially : the large edible nut of an English walnut
b : a tree that bears walnuts
c : the wood of a walnut that is often used for cabinetmaking and veneers
2 : a moderate reddish brown


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Definition of Walnut (Entry 2 of 2)

city east of Los Angeles in southwestern California population 29,172

Examples of walnut in a Sentence

Noun The banana bread has walnuts in it. The recipe calls for a cup of chopped walnuts. a table made of walnut
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In a letter to the Remmels, Sturtz explained that Nakashima worked primarily with walnut. Crocker Stephenson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 24 Aug. 2021 There was even a Gold Mallard variation for those who wanted fancier grade walnut and gold inlays on the receiver. John Gordon, Outdoor Life, 4 Jan. 2021 The table tops, each three inches thick and made of walnut, speak to the level of quality customers should expect from the food, Collins says. Tirion Morris, The Arizona Republic, 25 Aug. 2021 Much of it is made of walnut, from a tree that grew on the front lawn of the home where Sturtz's father-in-law lived for more than 60 years. Crocker Stephenson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 24 Aug. 2021 Located on the browner, darker side, this mountain range makes Iapetus look like a colossal walnut. Dean Regas, The Enquirer, 11 Aug. 2021 Its cabinets were hand-built out of walnut and cherry by a company in Kennebunk, Maine. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, 31 July 2021 Sage sourced most of the hardware used for the open walnut shelves (made on-site) from CB2 and the décor from Amazon. Lauren Jones, House Beautiful, 17 Aug. 2021 Other all-ages elements include a midcentury-style tulip side table and clean-lined brass lighting with simple, solid shades, plus the walnut chair by Richard Wrightman, which the clients already owned. Alison Van Houten, WSJ, 21 July 2021

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First Known Use of walnut


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

History and Etymology for walnut


Middle English walnot, from Old English wealhhnutu, literally, foreign nut, from Wealh Welshman, foreigner + hnutu nut — more at welsh, nut

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“Walnut.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/walnut. Accessed 23 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of walnut

: a type of tree that produces large nuts which can be eaten
: the nut of a walnut tree
: the wood of a walnut tree


wal·​nut | \ ˈwȯl-ˌnət How to pronounce walnut (audio) \

Kids Definition of walnut

: a wrinkled edible nut that comes from a tall tree with hard strong wood

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