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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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Concrete floors, walnut built-ins and mosaic tiles adorn the indoor-outdoor living spaces. Los Angeles Times, "Hot Property Newsletter: Properties with serious air," 10 Aug. 2019 This could take the form of pine nuts in pesto sauce, walnuts in a salad or cashews in a veggie stir-fry, the agency says. Michael Nedelman, CNN, "Eat healthier, and you'll help save the planet, report says," 8 Aug. 2019 Lebanese muhammara gets sweetness from the roasted bell peppers, and walnuts lend texture and rich flavor. Robin Mather, chicagotribune.com, "Middle Eastern dips and spreads to bump hummus off your summer menu," 26 July 2019 Blocks of ebony, oak, boxwood, and walnut sit on shelves, waiting to become handles. National Geographic, "In Corsica, on a quest for beautiful harmony," 24 July 2019 The early screenshots on Google Play look, well, like a Plants vs Zombies game, with lots of cute plants like sunflowers and walnuts defending areas from hapless undead. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "EA announces Plants vs. Zombies 3," 18 July 2019 There are men wearing yarmulkes and women pushing baby strollers, an elderly couple wrapping up their weekly Saturday date night with cones of mint chocolate chip and maple walnut. Michael Mayo, sun-sentinel.com, "SummerTimeOut: At Jaxson’s Ice Cream, cool things come to those who wait," 16 July 2019 Parsley, dill, and walnuts are gorgeous together, perhaps with a few crumbles of feta thrown in. Martha Holmberg, The Denver Post, "How to push fresh herbs beyond the garnish: Use with abundance and abandon," 15 July 2019 Dense woods like maple and walnut are generally considered the most ideal for a cutting board. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, "Our guide to knives will give you an edge in the kitchen," 10 July 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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