walnut

noun

wal·​nut ˈwȯl-(ˌ)nət How to pronounce walnut (audio)
1
a
: 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

Example Sentences

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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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of walnut was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Walnut.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/walnut. Accessed 3 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

walnut

noun

wal·​nut ˈwȯl-(ˌ)nət How to pronounce walnut (audio)
1
a
: an edible nut of any of a genus of trees related to the hickories
especially : the large nut of a Eurasian tree
b
: a tree that produces walnuts compare black walnut
c
: the usually reddish to dark brown wood of a walnut that is widely used for cabinetwork and veneers
2
: a medium reddish brown

Geographical Definition

Walnut

geographical name

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

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