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

Definition of walnut

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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

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 There will be other people-pleasing elements, including on onsite wine cellar, a 37-foot long bar outfitted in fine walnut and brass rails, a working British telephone booth and various historic images. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A Beatles superfan is opening a British-themed live music pub and restaurant in downtown Waukesha," 17 Sep. 2020 In a separate bowl, combine the dill, lemon zest and a splash of walnut oil. Janelle Bitker, SFChronicle.com, "Find vegetable-centric recipes in former Bar Tartine chef’s new cookbook," 21 Aug. 2020 While Chile Pies is best known for its green chile apple pie with a walnut curst, the bakery also makes seasonal versions like lemon buttermilk and country peach with blueberry and creme fraiche. Janelle Bitker, SFChronicle.com, "Wine Country’s getting a new ‘wellness’ restaurant with popular pies of Green Chile Kitchen," 17 Aug. 2020 Fletcher relied on travertine, granite, walnut and glass to deliver elegance to the midcentury modern home that was carefully sited on 3.27 acres. oregonlive, "Rare midcentury modern by Portland architect William Fletcher is for sale at $3.9 million," 25 Aug. 2020 The crunchy walnut streusel and cream cheese glaze make the perfect finish for these pumpkin spice muffins. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, "7 Warm and Cozy Pumpkin Muffin Recipes to Celebrate Fall," 24 Aug. 2020 Her family's business, Arington Tree Farm, sits on 600 acres in Cambridge and has walnut, oak, hickory, cherry, spruce, ash and pine. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A woman whose family owns a tree farm turns damaged trees into furniture. Now she's opening her second shop, in Oconomowoc.," 21 Aug. 2020 Planted in their place were roughly 40 new native plant species, among them California sage brush, mulefat, California walnut, monkey flower, cottonwood, black willow and coast live oak, Majcher said. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Town and Country resort returns to its mid-century roots — and gets a waterslide," 21 Aug. 2020 Primitive bows and arrows were made using raw materials such as the wood from various trees including ash, hickory, cedar, oak, walnut, and birches. Andrew Del-colle, Popular Mechanics, "How to Make Your Own Bow and Arrow By Hand," 16 Aug. 2020

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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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Cite this Entry

“Walnut.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/walnut. Accessed 28 Sep. 2020.

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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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