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



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


    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 forms

chest·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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Idioms and Phrases with chestnut


see old chestnut.

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