Definition of pistachio in English:



  • 1The edible pale green seed of an Asian tree.

    • ‘Substitute shelled pistachios for nuts in any recipe you fancy.’
    • ‘Halve or chop the pistachios and scatter them over the top.’
    • ‘If you want your paste to not be green, soak the pistachios overnight, and then remove the skins with a tea towel.’
    • ‘In an elegant ice-cream shop a white-coated young man is pounding green pistachios in a massive mortar.’
    • ‘I can only describe them as 150% sweet, sticky, full of sesame seeds and pistachio nuts with added chilli and curry powder.’
    • ‘It has hazelnuts, almonds, pistachios, walnuts… all held together in a flaky, buttery crust.’
    • ‘I also added some dried cranberries to give a bit of Christmas touch to the cookies with their color combined with green from pistachios.’
    • ‘Olives and pistachio nuts are the most luxurious things I have ever eaten.’
    • ‘Thankfully for me I love cashews, hazelnuts, almonds and pistachios.’
    • ‘Besides being fun to eat, pistachio nuts are a boon to our health.’
    • ‘I love the reds and the greens of the pistachios layered on top.’
    • ‘Serve the rice hot, in a mound, with the pine nuts, pistachios and almonds sprinkled on top.’
    • ‘Garnish with celery greens, pistachios, capers and sea salt.’
    • ‘That's just 22 almonds, three tablespoons of cashews, 28 peanuts, 47 pistachios, or 14 walnut halves.’
    • ‘How she loved to crunch them; dry roasted peanuts, macadamias, cashews, pistachios, walnuts and Brazils.’
    • ‘(Once, Ken showed up with a bag of shelled pistachio nuts.’
    • ‘At any rate, we move from walnuts to pistachios.’
    • ‘Chop the pistachios and scatter both nuts and cherries over the rice just before serving.’
    • ‘Place the pistachios in a sauté pan and lightly toast over medium heat.’
    • ‘On the plate was a kind of honey-puff cereal with pistachios, ‘shredded wheat,’ liquefied melon, yogurt, and candied walnuts.’
    1. 1.1 A pale green color.
      • ‘Black is apparently out and colours like bright green are in - this despite the fact that emerald green and hunter green or pistachio green are unflattering to female skin.’
      • ‘A log-burning stove warms one corner of the bar, while pistachio green walls are littered with caricatures and sketches.’
      • ‘The ironwork was repainted in its original tone of pistachio.’
      • ‘The whole process takes about 15 minutes: water is driven off, the beans turn pistachio green then pale yellow before going brown.’
      • ‘Most women can easily distinguish between forest, kelly, sea, celadon, lime, kiwi, jade, sage and pistachio greens.’
      • ‘Available in canvas, pistachio, and pool blue in sizes S - 2XL.’
      • ‘But what I can already tell you is that it looks lovely, with its shades of baby pink and pistachio green.’
      • ‘I don't understand why anyone would make their mercs a pistachio green colour.’
      • ‘The entrance hall, with wooden flooring and understairs storage, is decorated in pistachio and features ceiling coving, a centre rose and dado rail.’
      • ‘Long piano fingers, silver rings glittering, nails painted pistachio green.’
      • ‘What she hadn't noticed - and even I'm not sure how this happened - was that the ceiling was also now pistachio.’
      • ‘Back inside, to the left of the kitchen an inner hall leads to the family bathroom and a small bedroom painted pistachio green.’
      • ‘The fantasy is unfolding almost invisibly in Prakash Talkies, a decrepit theater with shocking pistachio green walls.’
      • ‘The tile print is available in pistachio green or pink, while the summery garden trellis print comes in red and cream or black.’
      • ‘The problem that Thomas faced was the previous owner's passion for pistachio green and dark-stained wood.’
      • ‘Her room was a pale pistachio green with white molding and a sky blue carpet.’
  • 2The evergreen tree of the cashew family that produces this nut, with small brownish-green flowers and reddish wrinkled fruit borne in heavy clusters. It is widely cultivated, especially in the US and around the Mediterranean.

    • ‘Many of these lepidopteran pest species of pome fruit have a broad host range that can include cherry, peach/nectarine, grape, citrus, kiwi, and pistachio, as well as uncultivated hosts.’
    • ‘The king of such devices is the divine Chateau Laguiole cleaver, which is available from Terroirs from around £80 in a variety of burnished woods including pistachio and olive wood.’
    • ‘Representatives of several major media outlets were on hand as hundreds of volunteers, many of them TXU employees, gathered to plant the oaks, cypresses, and pistachios.’
    • ‘Mangoes come in hundreds of varieties and a wide range of shapes and sizes, and are distant relatives of cashews, pistachios, poison oak and poison ivy.’
    • ‘One of the first pistachio growers in the state, David has seen pistachio farming grow to over 100,000 acres and 150 to 250 million pounds of in-shell nuts per year in California.’
    • ‘The Chinese pistachio is a beautiful tree that matures to about 40 feet in height with a 30-foot canopy.’


Late Middle English pistace, from Old French, superseded in the 16th century by forms from Italian pistaccio, via Latin from Greek pistakion, from Old Persian.