- chesterfield, philip dormer stanhope, 4th earl of,
- chesterton, g. k.,
- chestnut blight,
- chestnut bottle,
- chestnut clam,
- chestnut coal,
- chestnut oak
Origin of chestnut
Examples from the Web for chestnut
Chestnut was last, carried on a yellow chariot through a sea of adoring fans.
Then I saw him again coming down one of the chestnut alleys of the Cours la Reine.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show|Robert W. Chambers|February 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Even the way he sets up that chestnut, he makes the joke a part of his own history.The Texas Drought Seen Firsthand from the Eyes of Ranchers|Malcolm Jones|August 9, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Tinsel, garland, and chestnut shells are the only combustibles on offer.
Chestnut downed 62 to prove he was hungrier for the win than the rest of the pack on July 4th.
Chestnut is one of the species that produces abundant callus very readily.
Alat, my chestnut, was very cheerful after his long rest, but the steep path soon tamed him.Through the Land of the Serb|Mary Edith Durham
She gave her consent, however, to his leaving the pail on the porch and then retiring to the chestnut tree.More Tish|Mary Roberts Rinehart
We mulched with about four inches and some animal got every chestnut out.
The leaves of the chestnut oak and those of the yellow oak resemble the leaves of the chestnut tree.Woodcraft|Alan Douglas
- a reddish-brown to brown colour
- (as adjective)chestnut hair
Word Origin for chestnut
1560s, from chesten nut (1510s), with superfluous nut (n.) + Middle English chasteine, from Old French chastain (12c., Modern French châtaigne), from Latin castanea "chestnut, chestnut tree," from Greek kastaneia, which the Greeks thought meant either "nut from Castanea" in Pontus, or "nut from Castana" in Thessaly, but probably both places are named for the trees, not the other way around, and the word is borrowed from a language of Asia Minor (cf. Armenian kask "chestnut," kaskeni "chestnut tree"). In reference to the dark reddish-brown color, 1650s. Applied to the horse-chestnut by 1832.
Slang sense of "venerable joke or story" is from 1885, explained 1888 by Joseph Jefferson (see "Lippincott's Monthly Magazine," January 1888) as probably abstracted from the 1816 melodrama "The Broken Sword" by William Dimond where an oft-repeated story involving a chestnut tree figures in an exchange between the characters "Captain Zavior" and "Pablo":
Zav. Let me see--ay! it is exactly six years since that peace being restored to Spain, and my ship paid off, my kind brother offered me a snug hammock in the dwelling of my forefathers. I mounted a mule at Barcelona and trotted away for my native mountains. At the dawn of the fourth day's journey, I entered the wood of Collares, when, suddenly, from the thick boughs of a cork-tree--
Pab. [Jumping up.] A chesnut, Captain, a chesnut!
Zav. Bah, you booby! I say, a cork!
Pab. And I swear, a chesnut. Captain, this is the twenty-seventh time 1 have heard you relate this story, and you invariably said, a chesnut, till now.
Jefferson traced the connection through William Warren, "the veteran comedian of Boston" who often played Pablo in the melodrama.
see old chestnut.