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


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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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Or their bright orange, Moroccan-inflected carrots flecked with crunchy walnuts and fresh dill. S.pellegrino®, Bon Appetit, "A Beach Picnic, L.A. Chef–Style," 25 June 2018 One of the most tempting sweets are loukoumades, a ball of tender dough that is deep-fried like a donut and then dipped in honey and sprinkled with chopped walnuts and cinnamon. Judy Buchenot, chicagotribune.com, "Suburban Cooks: Greek fest revives traditional dishes," 4 May 2018 Adventurous types have made syrup from spruce, birch, and walnut, but no guarantees on taste. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "How to Make Maple Syrup," 5 Nov. 2018 At his shop in Istanbul, Serdal Turhan sells walnuts, almonds and cashews in lira, but buys them in dollars. Georgi Kantchev, WSJ, "Bargain Hunters in Turkey, Argentina Struggle With Inflation," 12 Sep. 2018 Almond flour is a wonderfully sweet, nutty complement for fresh carrots, walnuts, and raisins. Chris Morocco, Bon Appetit, "Gluten-Free Carrot Cake," 14 May 2018 In a large bowl, combine the almond meal, oats, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, salt, walnuts, and raisins, dates, or chocolate chips. Carly Graf, Outside Online, "The Best Homemade Snacks According to the Pros," 11 May 2018 Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Drain oats and add to a large bowl along with raisins, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, flaxseed, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Redbook, "Baked Oatmeal," 27 Aug. 2012 Marchbein recommends eating a diet rich in walnuts, olive oil, and avocados (but not to sub them for a proper skin-care routine). Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "The Definitive Guide to Preventing Dry Skin—From a Top Dermatologist," 26 Oct. 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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