wal·nut | \ˈwȯl-(ˌ)nət \

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


geographical name

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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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Guinda is a town of about 500 people, nestled in a valley dotted with orchards growing almonds, walnuts and olives. Joel Rubin, latimes.com, "Wildfire in Yolo County grows to 32,500 acres, forcing evacuations," 2 July 2018 With a palette of mostly white, walnut and gray, details are key in this home. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Coolest homes: 10 unique modern homes featured on azcentral," 21 June 2018 Arrange the walnuts on a baking sheet in a single layer. Carole Kotkin, sacbee, "It’s time to give celery a second look," 29 May 2018 Arrange the walnuts on a baking sheet in a single layer. Carole Kotkin, miamiherald, "Not just for crunch. It's time to give celery a second look | Miami Herald," 11 May 2018 In a separate bowl, mix together the walnuts, ¾ cup sugar, cinnamon and cream to form filling. Judy Buchenot, Naperville Sun, "Suburban Cooks: Remembering mom through recipes, traditions and food stories," 9 Apr. 2018 Combine yogurt, lemon juice, onion mixture, half of the walnuts, and reserved spinach in a medium bowl. Andy Baraghani, Bon Appetit, "Spinach-Yogurt Dip with Sizzled Mint," 19 Mar. 2018 More traditional Lebanese dishes include tomato kofta sanyieh ($17.99), a meat dish with tomatoes, onions and potatoes; and the national dish of Lebanon, kebbeh sanyieh ($18.99), baked lamb with onions and walnuts. Nyssa Kruse, courant.com, "Zaytoon's Bistro Serves Up Fresh, Authentic Lebanese Dishes," 26 June 2018 Then almond milk hit the scene, followed by rice, hemp, coconut, walnut, cashew and oatmeal. Sheah Rarback, miamiherald, "Lots of choices for milk substitutes, but beware of sugar content | Miami Herald," 24 May 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of walnut

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

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