Definition of walnut in US English:

walnut

noun

  • 1The large wrinkled edible seed of a deciduous tree, consisting of two halves contained within a hard shell which is enclosed in a green fruit.

    • ‘A round, breaded disc of goat cheese, it was topped with julienned apple slices, walnuts and greens.’
    • ‘Scones, teacakes, date and walnut or spiced fruit loaf are priced at £1.25 or less.’
    • ‘Pour in half the batter, arrange half the apples on top, sprinkle with half the walnuts and drizzle on 2 tabs honey.’
    • ‘Archie and I knew where the largest and best nut trees grew: black walnuts, hickory and sweet chestnuts.’
    • ‘Nagano is also known for good walnuts, and there are equally lots of sweets using walnuts.’
    • ‘I love serving them with a creamy blue cheese, or sliced into a pancetta, Parmesan and walnut salad with a few winter greens.’
    • ‘Peeke packs a homemade trail mix of almonds, walnuts, raisins, dried cranberries, and natural cinnamon granola.’
    • ‘Squirrels will discover that a half walnut shell filled with mulled wine is just the ticket for getting through a long, cold winter.’
    • ‘The cheese came served with water biscuits and an impressive array of preserved fruit, walnuts and grapes.’
    • ‘Whether it's peanuts, almonds or walnuts, substituting ground nuts for flour virtually guarantees a cake that is deliciously moist.’
    • ‘I combined the skin chunks with toasted walnuts, pumpkin seeds, and a bit of spices.’
    • ‘Use one or a mixture of blue cheeses, and if the walnuts are from a packet be sure they are fresh; they become rancid shortly after opening.’
    • ‘Roasted pecans, walnuts, or pumpkin seeds are a nice addition.’
    • ‘The implicated foods were peanuts, walnuts, and other tree nuts.’
    • ‘They're related more to the cherry or peach pits than walnuts or hazelnuts.’
    • ‘Roughly half the persons with food allergies are sensitive to these or tree nuts, such as walnuts, cashews, and almonds.’
    • ‘All I remembered about the salad was Roquefort, fennel, walnuts, Burgundy-poached pears, and dried figs on the greens.’
    • ‘Mix in the sieved spicy flour until smooth then finally fold in the grated carrot, sultanas, coconut and walnuts.’
    • ‘The Mediterranean diet is lighter on the saturated fats found in meat and dairy products, and heavier on mono-unsaturated fats, found in olive oil and walnuts.’
    • ‘They are also found in nuts like peanuts, walnuts, cashews as well as in seeds and fish.’
  • 2The tall tree that produces the walnut, with compound leaves and valuable ornamental timber that is used chiefly in cabinetmaking and gunstocks.

    Genus Juglans, family Juglandaceae: several species, including the common (or English) walnut (J. regia) and the black walnut (J. nigra)

    • ‘If you pick a walnut from a walnut tree and find it extremely difficult to crack, it shouldn't come as any surprise, as walnuts are literally one of the toughest nuts to crack.’
    • ‘Whitewashed houses back onto a brook lined with poplar and walnut.’
    • ‘In 1947, cedar, maple, ash, pine, fir, oak, spruce and walnut trees covered at least 42 per cent of Azad Kashmir.’
    • ‘On that trip they found two other state champs, a Bonpland willow and an Arizona walnut.’
    • ‘Just before sundown he squatted up in a great walnut tree on the edge of the forest, where he was able to see for miles around.’
    • ‘A simple cemented courtyard around the walnut tree offers five pine table and bench sets, each for six to eight people.’
    • ‘He once taught in Maryland, US, where he would gather some of his students under a walnut tree.’
    • ‘The building has also been sited to retain a large black walnut tree at the back of the site, which has become the focus of an outdoor play area that is clearly visible from the main entrance.’
    • ‘Then Walter Jacob described how he and his brother had constructed a Philadelphia Chippendale style high - boy from a walnut tree for the tree's owner.’
    • ‘Threads for the work have been dyed in authentic colours of the period, using natural dyes some of which have been derived from plants like cow parsley, madder and walnut tree, picked locally by society volunteers.’
    • ‘Every fall we were allowed to go on the patch of grass around the walnut tree to pick up walnuts and bring them inside for her to bake with.’
    • ‘I know not everyone has a walnut tree, but this home remedy is worth a try.’
    • ‘‘It is with the deepest regrets that I have to inform you that I have already cut down one walnut tree and plan on cutting down a second,’ he said.’
    • ‘I find tears in my eyes as we drive through the mountains, the earth alive with sturdy walnuts and tall pines, the flowering apricots and eager poplars of spring.’
    • ‘As I finished filling my feeders tonight, I noticed a flock of about 40-50 birds high in the newly budding black walnut tree.’
    • ‘To celebrate the millennium, Skipton Gardeners' Club was granted permission to plant the first walnut tree in Skipton Woods - it is still the only one there.’
    • ‘French sculptors used limewood, walnut, and poplar, both for sculpture and for the applied arts.’
    • ‘The structural parts were of pine, beech, walnut, or poplar, all available locally.’
    • ‘That black walnut tree that stands so fruitful over his birthplace still speaks of the heartiness of American stock and the legacy the Earps left behind. - Jeff Meyer’
    • ‘An ancient walnut tree has brought a ray of sunshine to families in Heysham just weeks after they were left heartbroken.’

Origin

Late Old English walh-hnutu, from a Germanic compound meaning ‘foreign nut’.

Pronunciation

walnut

/ˈwôlˌnət//ˈwɔlˌnət/