- • an old and predictable joke or situation. The phrase dates from the late 19th century and is thought to have originated from a scene in a play called 'Broken Sword' by W Diamond. The usual way that the term is used is in the phrase "not that old chestnut !".
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Chestnut — steht für Chestnut Canoe Company, kanadischer Kanuhersteller von 1904 1979 den Familiennamen folgender Personen: Cyrus Chestnut (* 1963), US amerikanischer Jazz Pianist Morris Chestnut (* 1969), US amerikanischer Schauspieler mehrere Orte in den… … Deutsch Wikipedia
chestnut — 1560s, from chesten nut (1510s), from M.E. chasteine, from O.Fr. chastain (12c., Mod.Fr. chátaigne), from L. castanea chestnut, chestnut tree, from Gk. kastaneia, which the Greeks thought meant either nut from Castanea in Pontus, or nut from… … Etymology dictionary
Chestnut — Chest nut, n. [For chesten nut; OE. chestein, chesten, chastein, chestnut, fr. AS. cisten in cistenbe[ a]m chestnut tree, influenced by OF. chastaigne, F. ch[^a]taigne, both the AS. and the F. words coming from L. castanea a chestnut, Gr. ?, fr.… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
chestnut — ► NOUN 1) a glossy hard brown nut which develops within a bristly case and can be roasted and eaten. 2) (also sweet chestnut or Spanish chestnut) the large tree that produces these nuts. 3) a deep reddish brown colour. 4) a horse of a reddish… … English terms dictionary
Chestnut — Chest nut, a. Of or pertaining of a chestnut; of a reddish brown color; as, chestnut curls. [1913 Webster] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
chestnut — [ches′nut΄, chest′nut΄] n. [< chesten nut < ME chesteine < OFr chastaigne < L castanea < Gr kastaneia] 1. the smooth shelled, sweet, edible nut of any of a genus (Castanea) of trees of the beech family 2. the tree that it grows on… … English World dictionary
Chestnut — For other uses of chestnut , see Chestnut (disambiguation). For other uses of chinquapin or chinkapin , see Chinquapin (disambiguation). Chestnut Sweet Chestnut Castanea sativa Scientific clas … Wikipedia
chestnut — chestnutty, adj. /ches nut , neuht/, n. 1. any of the several deciduous trees constituting the genus Castanea, of the beech family, having toothed, oblong leaves and bearing edible nuts enclosed in a prickly bur, and including C. dentata… … Universalium
chestnut — [[t]tʃe̱snʌt[/t]] chestnuts 1) N COUNT A chestnut or chestnut tree is a tall tree with broad leaves. → See also horse chestnut 2) N COUNT Chestnuts are the reddish brown nuts that grow on chestnut trees. You can eat chestnuts. 3) COLOUR Something … English dictionary
chestnut — chest|nut [ tʃes,nʌt ] noun 1. ) count a large smooth red brown nut that you can eat: roast chestnuts chestnut stuffing 2. ) chestnut or chestnut tree count a tall tree with large wide leaves that produces chestnuts a ) uncount the wood of a… … Usage of the words and phrases in modern English
chestnut — /ˈtʃɛsnʌt / (say chesnut) noun 1. the edible nut of trees of the genus Castanea, of the beech family. 2. any of the trees, as C. sativa (Spanish chestnut), C. dentata (American chestnut), or C. crenata (Japanese chestnut). 3. Obsolete → Moreton… … Australian English dictionary