from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. 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.
- n. The often edible nut of any of these trees.
- n. The wood of any of these trees.
- n. Any of several other plants, such as the horse chestnut.
- n. A moderate to deep reddish brown.
- n. A reddish-brown horse.
- n. A small hard callus on the inner surface of a horse's foreleg.
- n. An old, frequently repeated joke, story, or song.
- adj. Of a moderate to deep reddish brown.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A tree or shrub of the genus Castanea.
- n. The nut of this tree or shrub.
- n. A dark, reddish-brown colour/color.
- n. A reddish-brown horse.
- n. The wood of a chestnut tree.
- n. (Often "old chestnut") A worn-out meme; a work so often repeated as to have grown tiresome.
- n. A part of a horse found on the inner leg, similar to a birthmark on a human.
- adj. Of a deep reddish-brown colour, like that of a chestnut.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The edible nut of a forest tree (Castanea vesce) of Europe and America. Commonly two or more of the nuts grow in a prickly bur.
- n. The tree itself, or its light, coarse-grained timber, used for ornamental work, furniture, etc.
- n. A bright brown color, like that of the nut.
- n. The horse chestnut (often so used in England).
- n. One of the round, or oval, horny plates on the inner sides of the legs of the horse, and allied animals.
- n. An old joke or story.
- adj. Of or pertaining of a chestnut; of a reddish brown color.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The fruit of trees of the genus Castanea. See 2.
- n. The tree Castanea vesca, natural order Cupuliferœ, a native of western Asia, southern Europe, and the United States east of the Mississippi.
- n. A name given to certain trees or plants of other genera, and to their fruit. See below.
- n. The color of a chestnut; a reddish-brown color.
- n. In farriery, the bur or horny wart-like excrescence on the inner side of a horse's leg.
- n. [In allusion to a stale or worm-eaten chestnut.] An old joke; a trite jest; a stale pun or anecdote; a “Joe Miller.”
- n. A worn-out phrase or catchword; a phrase or expression serious in form and intent, but which has ceased, through futile repetition, to command interest or respect.
- Of the color of a chestnut; of a reddish-brown color; castaneous.
- Also spelled chesnut.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. edible nut of any of various chestnut trees of the genus Castanea
- n. any of several attractive deciduous trees yellow-brown in autumn; yield a hard wood and edible nuts in a prickly bur
- adj. (of hair or feathers) of a golden brown to reddish brown color
- n. a small horny callus on the inner surface of a horse's leg
- n. wood of any of various chestnut trees of the genus Castanea
- n. a dark golden-brown or reddish-brown horse
- n. the brown color of chestnuts
Earlier chesten (from Middle English chesteine, from Old French chastaigne, from Latin castanea, from Greek kastaneā, chestnut tree, from kastana, sweet chestnuts) + nut.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Formerly chesten nut, from Middle English chasteine, from Old French chastaigne, from Latin castanea, from Ancient Greek καστάνεια (kastaneia). (Wiktionary)