walnut

noun wal·nut \ ˈwȯl-(ˌ)nət \

Definition of walnut

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

Examples of walnut in a Sentence

  1. The banana bread has walnuts in it.

  2. The recipe calls for a cup of chopped walnuts.

  3. a table made of walnut

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Origin and Etymology of walnut

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


Walnut

geographical name

Definition of Walnut

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

WALNUT Defined for English Language Learners

walnut

noun

Definition of walnut for English Language Learners

  • : a type of tree that produces large nuts which can be eaten

  • : the nut of a walnut tree

  • : the wood of a walnut tree


WALNUT Defined for Kids

walnut

noun wal·nut \ ˈwȯl-ˌnət \

Definition of walnut for Students

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

History for walnut

Walnut trees grew in southern Europe for a long time before they were grown in England. As a result the English gave the walnut a name which showed plainly that it was not an English nut. The Old English name for this southern nut was wealhhnutu, from wealh, “foreigner,” and hnutu, “nut.” The modern English word walnut comes from the Old English name.



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