What does acorn mean?

Definitions for acorn
ˈeɪ kɔrn, ˈeɪ kərnacorn

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. acornnoun

    fruit of the oak tree: a smooth thin-walled nut in a woody cup-shaped base


  1. acornnoun

    The fruit of the oak, being an oval nut growing in a woody cup or cupule.

  2. acornnoun

    A cone-shaped piece of wood on the point of the spindle above the vane, on the mast-head.

  3. acornnoun

    See acorn-shell.

  4. Etymology: acorne, an alteration (after corn) of earlier akern, from æcern, from akranan, from hₐógehₐ-. Cognate with East Frisian äkkene, Flemish aker, Danish agern; and with Irish áirne, Lithuanian uoga, Russian ягода.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Acornnoun

    The seed or fruit born by the oak.

    Etymology: Æcern, Sax. from ac , an oak, and corn, corn or grain; that is, the grain of the oak.

    What roots old-age contracteth into errours, and how such as are but acorns in our younger brows, grow oaks in our older heads, and become inflexible. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours. Pref. to.

    Content with food which nature freely bred,
    On wildings and on strawberries they fed;
    Cornels and bramble-berries gave the rest,
    And falling acorns furnish’d out a feast. John Dryden, Ovid.

    He that is nourished by the acorns he picked up under an oak, or the apples he gathered from the trees in the wood, has certainly appropriated them to himself. John Locke.


  1. acorn

    An acorn is the nut or fruit produced by the oak tree, often encapsulated in a hard outer shell and attached to a cup-like structure known as the cap. It is a major source of food for wildlife and can also grow into a new tree.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Acornnoun

    the fruit of the oak, being an oval nut growing in a woody cup or cupule

  2. Acornnoun

    a cone-shaped piece of wood on the point of the spindle above the vane, on the mast-head

  3. Acornnoun

    see Acorn-shell

  4. Etymology: [AS. cern, fr. cer field, acre; akin to D. aker acorn, Ger. ecker, Icel. akarn, Dan. agern, Goth. akran fruit, akrs field; -- orig. fruit of the field. See Acre.]


  1. Acorn

    The acorn, or oak nut, is the nut of the oaks and their close relatives. It usually contains a single seed, enclosed in a tough, leathery shell, and borne in a cup-shaped cupule. Acorns vary from 1–6 cm long and 0.8–4 cm broad. Acorns take between about 6 and 24 months to mature; see List of Quercus species for details of oak classification, in which acorn morphology and phenology are important factors.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Acorn

    ā′korn, n. the seed or fruit of the oak.—adj. A′corned.n. A′corn-shell, a name for the Balănus (L., acorn), a genus of Cirripedes in the class Crustacea. [A.S. æcern, prob. from æcer, field, hence meaning 'the fruit of the unenclosed land.' The modern form is due to confusion with oak (A.S. ác) and corn.]

Editors Contribution

  1. acorn

    A type of fruit produced by a variety of trees.

    The acorn is a fruit of the oak tree and other trees.

    Submitted by MaryC on May 21, 2016  

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. ACORN

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Acorn is ranked #68770 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Acorn surname appeared 286 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Acorn.

    77.9% or 223 total occurrences were White.
    7.3% or 21 total occurrences were Black.
    6.2% or 18 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    5.2% or 15 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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Anagrams for acorn »

  1. caron

  2. Coran

  3. narco

  4. racon

  5. acron

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of acorn in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of acorn in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of acorn in a Sentence

  1. Ralph Waldo Emerson:

    The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.

  2. June Spencer:

    In 1950 I helped to plant an acorn. It took root and in January 1951 it was planted out and called' The Archers,' over the years it has thrived and become a splendid great tree with many branches.

  3. Shakespeare:

    Get lost, you dwarf, you weed, you scrap, you acorn.

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