- any shrub or small tree belonging to the genus Corylus, of the birch family, having toothed, ovate leaves and bearing edible nuts, as C. avellana, of Europe, or C. americana and C. cornuta, of the Western Hemisphere.
- any of several other shrubs or trees, as an Australian shrub, Pomaderris apetala.
- the wood of any of these trees.
- the hazelnut or filbert.
- light golden brown, as the color of a hazelnut.
- of or relating to the hazel.
- made of the wood of the hazel.
- having a light golden-brown color.
Origin of hazel
- a female given name.
Examples from the Web for hazel
His hazel eyes actually glimmer and his brown hair, barely beginning to salt and pepper, curls up around a Seattle Seahawks cap.He Bullies Kids and Calls It News
June 26, 2014
Never have two people been more in love than Augustus Waters and Hazel Grace Lancaster, and now one of them is about to die.
Gus asks Hazel to speak at his eventual funeral, but decides he wants to hear what she has to say first.
The movie ends with Hazel actually happy—she made the choice to be in love with Gus, and she likes that choice.
In Fault, Hazel is very fixated on meeting her idol, author Peter van Houten.Shailene Woodley on ‘The Fault in Our Stars,’ That Nasty 'Time' Piece, and the F-Word
June 2, 2014
If he meant to confuse her, he failed—for she only smiled and said to herself: "They're hazel."Chip, of the Flying U
B. M. Bower
"Of course, of course," murmured Hazel, looking down on the table.Jennie Baxter, Journalist
Her eyes were of a gentle hazel, not the hazel that looks black at night.Heather and Snow
And after a moment, lifting her hazel eyes to his, she said.Spawn of the Comet
Harold Thompson Rich
She was pale to the lips, and her hazel eyes were blazing, as she cut into his apologies for Blood.Captain Blood
- Also called: cob any of several shrubs of the N temperate genus Corylus, esp C. avellana, having oval serrated leaves and edible rounded brown nuts: family Corylaceae
- the wood of any of these trees
- short for hazelnut
- a light yellowish-brown colour
- (as adjective)hazel eyes
Word Origin and History for hazel
Old English hæsl, hæsel, from Proto-Germanic *hasalaz (cf. Old Norse hasl, Middle Dutch hasel, German hasel), from PIE *koselo- "hazel" (cf. Latin corulus, Old Irish coll "hazel"). Shakespeare ("Romeo and Juliet," 1592) was first to use it (in print) in the sense of "reddish-brown color of eyes" (in reference to the color of ripe hazel-nuts), when Mercutio accuses Benvolio of being testy with:
Thou wilt quarrell with a man for cracking Nuts, hauing no reason, but because thou hast hasell eyes.