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


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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On Sunday, India imposed import tariffs on $220 million of U.S. products, including walnuts, apples and lentils. Courtney Mcbride, WSJ, "Meetings Give U.S. and India a Chance to Get Past Irritants," 17 June 2019 NEW DELHI - India will impose higher retaliatory tariffs on 28 U.S. products including almonds, apples and walnuts from Sunday, following Washington's withdrawal of key trade privileges for New Delhi. NBC News, "India to impose retaliatory tariffs on 28 U.S. goods," 16 June 2019 Wood counters are typically made from rock maple--an extremely dense, blond hardwood--but teak, walnut, cherry and oak are also used. Joe Lindsey, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Countertop Materials," 9 May 2019 Henry Baines Sauce Mix the chutney, pickled walnuts, if using, ketchup, steak sauce, Worcestershire sauce, chili sauce and hot pepper sauce in a large bowl. Krystyna Chávez, Marie Claire, "9 Easy Kentucky Derby Recipe Ideas You Can Whip Up In No Time," 3 May 2019 Don’t miss the fried, sweet Castelvetrano olives with garlic sauce; the ezme (a red pepper and walnut salsa in pomegranate molasses); the baba ghanouj; and the hummus. Michael Klein, https://www.inquirer.com, "This South Philly bar has a killer happy hour and free parking," 4 June 2019 Bean turned a walk-in closet into a wine cellar with custom walnut cabinets and steel doors. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "This 10,000-Square-Foot Tulsa Home Takes Family-Friendly to a New Level," 23 May 2019 Simple, but elegant, the bright white and cream–color rooms are contrasted by dark walnut headboards and nightstands, while the faux fur throw strewn over the bed adds a hint of lavishness. Christina Liao, Vogue, "8 Celebrity-Favorite Hotels for Met Gala Weekend," 2 May 2019 Shepherds Pie, salad and a Bundt cake with orange marmalade roasted walnut swirl. Amy Roloff, Good Housekeeping, "Read an Exclusive Excerpt From Amy Roloff's Book 'A Little Me'," 26 Apr. 2019

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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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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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