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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Although research is limited on this, Drew recommends consuming anti-inflammatory Omega-3 fatty acids in the form of fatty fish including salmon, tuna and herring, and also from walnuts and flaxseeds. Lori Nickel, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Chin Up: The body's second brain — the gut — and how to keep it healthy," 13 June 2018 In a food processor, pulse 2 cups carrot tops, 1 clove garlic, 1/2 cup each basil leaves and olive oil, 1/4 cup each toasted walnuts and finely grated Parmesan, and 1 Tbsp lemon juice until smooth. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Spiced Roast Chicken with Caramelized Carrots and Shallots," 15 Feb. 2019 Flax seeds, hemp seeds, walnuts and their oils, as well as chia seeds are especially good sources. Ellie Krieger, The Seattle Times, "How to fight dry winter skin from the inside out," 5 Feb. 2019 Whisk the chocolate and butter mixture into the egg mix, adding in toasted walnut. ELLE Decor, "This Holiday Party Is Anything But Traditional—And We're Obsessed," 30 Nov. 2018 Fold in 1 cup crumbled feta and ½ cup toasted walnuts, coarsely chopped, and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Louisa Shafia, WSJ, "America’s Most Satisfying Salad," 27 Sep. 2018 Stir until the cheese melts and top with ½ cup toasted walnuts. Carole Kotkin, miamiherald, "Leftover cheeses can be used for quiche, soups or omelets | Miami Herald," 5 Apr. 2018 Both brunch and dinner prix fixe menus highlight starters such as lobster bisque with crème fraîche; and salad with bacon, toasted walnuts, Gruyére and herbs de Provence dressing. Julie Giuffrida, latimes.com, "Our 2018 Easter dining guide: brunch buffets, mimosas and plenty of eggs," 27 Mar. 2018 Garnish with kumquat slices, if using, and toasted walnuts. Debbie Arrington, sacbee, "California citrus: Short crop long on flavor," 6 Feb. 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 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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