[ ches-nuht, -nuh t ]
/ ˈtʃɛsˌnʌt, -nət /



being reddish-brown in color.
(of food) containing or made with chestnuts: turkey with chestnut stuffing.

Nearby words

  1. chesterfield,
  2. chesterfield, philip dormer stanhope, 4th earl of,
  3. chesterfieldian,
  4. chesterton,
  5. chesterton, g. k.,
  6. chestnut blight,
  7. chestnut bottle,
  8. chestnut clam,
  9. chestnut coal,
  10. chestnut oak


    pull someone's chestnuts out of the fire, to rescue someone from a difficulty.

Origin of chestnut

1350–1400; 1880–85 for def 6; earlier chesten nut, Middle English chesten, Old English cysten chestnut tree (< Latin castanea < Greek kastanéa) + nut

Related formschest·nut·ty, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for chestnut


/ (ˈtʃɛsˌnʌt) /


Word Origin for chestnut

C16: from earlier chesten nut: chesten, from Old French chastaigne, from Latin castanea, from Greek kastanea

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Word Origin and History for chestnut


Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with chestnut


see old chestnut.

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