A plate of chestnuts.
chestnut definition by Webster's New World
- the smooth-shelled, sweet, edible nut of any of a genus (Castanea) of trees of the beech family
- the tree that it grows on
- the wood of this tree
- horse chestnut
- reddish brown
- a reddish-brown horse
- the hard callus on the inner side of a horse's leg
- ☆ Informal
- an old, stale joke or phrase; cliché
- a very familiar story, piece of music, etc. that is too often repeated
Origin: ; from chesten-nut ; from Middle English chesteine ; from Old French chastaigne ; from Classical Latin castanea ; from Classical Greek kastaneia
chestnut definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. Any of several deciduous trees of the genus Castanea native to northern temperate regions, having alternate simple toothed leaves, and nuts that are enclosed in a prickly husk.b. The often edible nut of any of these trees.c. The wood of any of these trees.
- Any of several other plants, such as the horse chestnut.
- A moderate to deep reddish brown.
- A reddish-brown horse.
- A small hard callus on the inner surface of a horse's foreleg.
- An old, frequently repeated joke, story, or song.
Origin: Earlier chesten (from Middle English chesteine, from Old French chastaigne, from Latin castanea, from Greek kastaneā, chestnut tree, from kastana, sweet chestnuts) + nut.
chestnut - Phrases/Idioms
pull someone's chestnuts out of the fire
Etymology: cf. cat's-pawto do a dangerous, hard, or unpleasant thing for someone else