What does chestnut mean?

Definitions for chestnut
ˈtʃɛsˌnʌt, -nətchest·nut

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word chestnut.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. chestnutnoun

    wood of any of various chestnut trees of the genus Castanea

  2. chestnut, chestnut treenoun

    any of several attractive deciduous trees yellow-brown in autumn; yield a hard wood and edible nuts in a prickly bur

  3. chestnutnoun

    edible nut of any of various chestnut trees of the genus Castanea

  4. chestnutnoun

    the brown color of chestnuts

  5. chestnutnoun

    a small horny callus on the inner surface of a horse's leg

  6. chestnutadjective

    a dark golden-brown or reddish-brown horse

  7. chestnutadjective

    (of hair or feathers) of a golden brown to reddish brown color

    "a chestnut horse"; "chestnut hair"


  1. chestnutnoun

    A tree or shrub of the genus Castanea.

  2. chestnutnoun

    The nut of this tree or shrub.

  3. chestnutnoun

    A reddish-brown horse.

  4. chestnutnoun

    The wood of a chestnut tree.

  5. chestnutnoun

    (Often "old chestnut") A worn-out meme; a work so often repeated as to have grown tiresome.

  6. chestnutnoun

    A part of a horse found on the inner leg, similar to a birthmark on a human.

  7. chestnutadjective

    Of a deep reddish-brown colour, like that of a chestnut.

  8. Etymology: Formerly chesten nut, from chasteine, from chastaigne, from castanea, from καστάνεια.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Chestnut, Chestnut-treenoun

    1.The tree hath katkins, which are placed at remote distances from the fruit, on the same tree. The outer coat of the fruit is very rough, and has two or three nuts included in each husk or covering. This tree was formerly in greater plenty, as may be proved by the old buildings in London, which were, for the most part, of this timber; which is equal in value to the best oak, and, for many purposes, far exceeds it, particularly for making vessels for liquors; it having a property, when once thoroughly seasoned, to maintain its bulk constantly, and is not subject to shrink or swell, like other timber. Philip Miller

    Etymology: chastaigne, Fr. castanea, Lat.

    A woman’s tongue,
    That gives not half so great a blow to th’ ear,
    As will a chestnut in a farmer’s fire. William Shakespeare, Tam. of the Shrew.

    October has a basket of services, medlars and chestnuts, and fruits that ripen at the latter time. Henry Peacham, on Drawing.

    His hair is of a good colour. ————
    ———— An excellent colour: your chestnut was ever the only colour. William Shakespeare, As you like it.

    Merab’s long hair was glossy chestnut brown. Abraham Cowley, Dav.


  1. chestnut

    A chestnut is a type of nut produced by several species of trees and shrubs in the beech family, primarily the Castanea genus. The term also refers to the trees that produce these nuts, commonly known as chestnut trees. The nut is enclosed in a prickly husk. Chestnuts are typically sweet in taste and can be eaten raw, roasted or incorporated into a variety of dishes. The color "chestnut" also refers to a reddish-brown shade, named after the appearance of the nut.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Chestnutnoun

    the edible nut of a forest tree (Castanea vesca) of Europe and America. Commonly two or more of the nuts grow in a prickly bur

  2. Chestnutnoun

    the tree itself, or its light, coarse-grained timber, used for ornamental work, furniture, etc

  3. Chestnutnoun

    a bright brown color, like that of the nut

  4. Chestnutnoun

    the horse chestnut (often so used in England)

  5. Chestnutnoun

    one of the round, or oval, horny plates on the inner sides of the legs of the horse, and allied animals

  6. Chestnutnoun

    an old joke or story

  7. Chestnutadjective

    of the color of a chestnut; of a reddish brown color; as, chestnut curls

  8. Etymology: [For chesten-nut; OE. chestein, chesten, chastein, chestnut, fr. AS. cisten in cistenbem chestnut tree, influenced by OF. chastaigne, F. chtaigne, both the AS. and the F. words coming from L. castanea a chestnut, Gr. , fr. a city of Pontus, where chestnut trees grew in abundance, and whence they were introduced into Europe. Cf. Castanets.]


  1. Chestnut

    The chestnut group, some species called chinkapin or chinquapin, is a genus of eight or 9 species of deciduous trees and shrubs in the beech family Fagaceae, native to temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere. The name also refers to the edible nuts they produce.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Chestnut

    Chesnut, ches′nut, n. a nut or fruit enclosed in a prickly case: the tree that bears it: (slang) a stale joke or story.—adj. of a chestnut colour, reddish-brown. [O. Fr. chastaigne—L. castanea—Gr. kastanon, from Castana, in Pontus.]

Etymology and Origins

  1. Chestnut

    Edwin Abbey, the painter of the Coronation picture, is said to have been responsible for the term “Chestnut” as applied to a stale joke. While a member of a club at Philadelphia he always told a story about a man who had a chestnut farm, but made nothing out of it because he gave his chestnuts away. Abbey invariably began this story differently, so that his follow clubmen would not recognise it, but they soon interrupted him by exclaiming “Chestnuts!”

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Chestnut is ranked #4478 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Chestnut surname appeared 7,924 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 3 would have the surname Chestnut.

    55.8% or 4,428 total occurrences were White.
    39.6% or 3,141 total occurrences were Black.
    1.9% or 157 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.8% or 150 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    0.3% or 28 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.2% or 20 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of chestnut in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of chestnut in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of chestnut in a Sentence

  1. Joe Abbas:

    We ran after them on Chestnut, all the way to State Street, and then they split up.

  2. Joey Chestnut:

    It proves that Joey Chestnut is the greatest athlete of all time and a true American hero.

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