Definition of hazel in English:

hazel

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noun

  • 1A temperate shrub or small tree with broad leaves, bearing prominent male catkins in spring and round hard-shelled edible nuts in autumn.

    Genus Corylus, family Betulaceae: several species, in particular the common Eurasian hazel (C. avellana), formerly widely managed as coppice

    ‘The marsh gave way gradually to dry land, and the reeds and willows to hazels and elders.’
    • ‘He could clearly distinguish elders, hazels and sloes.’
    • ‘The oak tree across the road is practically bare but the beeches and hazels behind it are still fully leafed.’
    • ‘Cultivation of hazels probably began in classical times in Europe.’
    • ‘Half of the field will be planted with native ash, along with cherry, rowan and hazel trees.’
    • ‘The birds were singing and the hazel catkins were open.’
    • ‘The course is aimed at beginners, and will help them spot the difference between the hazel and the hawthorn, and the beech from a birch.’
    • ‘Both of the island chains were once covered in dense woodlands of birch, alder, willow, hazel, rowan and aspen.’
    • ‘The vast forested areas grew colossal numbers of trees such as hazel, oak, ash, beech, and many others.’
    • ‘Oak, hazel, willow, and lime were among the most useful trees to be cultivated.’
    • ‘Oak, ash, hazel, cherry and holly will do well on dry sites.’
    • ‘The native trees planted include oak, ash, birch, alder, hazel, yew, and Scots pine.’
    • ‘The scrub provides a good habitat for song birds including a small area of hazel coppice.’
    • ‘A small section of the woodland consists of hazel coppice.’
  • 2A reddish-brown or greenish-brown color, especially of a person's eyes.

    as modifier ‘the laughing hazel eyes were serious now’
    • ‘He was the taller of them, with sharp blue eyes and hazel coloured hair.’
    • ‘Her eyes, hazel in colour, were very piercing.’
    • ‘She couldn't quite put her finger on the colour; not quite hazel, not quite green.’
    • ‘She always found it strange he has blue eyes and all the other men in his family have greenish hazel eyes.’
    • ‘He has hazel coloured eyes that actually light up every time he smiles or laughs.’
    • ‘He was naturally tanned, had really dark brown hair and deep hazel eyes.’
    • ‘Dr. Michaels peered through her thin-rimmed glasses and studied her with serious hazel eyes.’
    • ‘His eyes were a deep kind of hazel brown, which made him look really handsome.’
    • ‘She had long luscious brown hair and hazel colored eyes.’
    • ‘Her hair had hazel highlights.’
    • ‘The boy looked to be about my age with mousy hair and hazel eyes.’
    • ‘A man with auburn hair and hazel eyes stalked purposefully into the room.’
    • ‘She was short with long wavy brown hair and hazel eyes.’
    • ‘There is a distinct look of fear about his round hazel eyes.’
    • ‘I was slightly uncomfortable under her intense gaze and I tried to ignore the way her hazel eyes bore into me.’
    • ‘His eyes were a soft hazel, with heavy lids and dark circles beneath.’
    • ‘The young boy's eyes were a golden hazel, like his father's.’
    • ‘I had large eyes that most people described as cute; they were a murky hazel.’
    • ‘After a year in a hospital, her eyes were still a green hazel, but they were dull, no longer bright.’
    • ‘She motioned towards a cute hazel eyed guy with dark hair.’
    hazel, chocolate-coloured, coffee-coloured, cocoa-coloured, nut brown

Pronunciation

hazel

/ˈhāzəl/ /ˈheɪzəl/

Origin

Old English hæsel, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch hazelaar ‘hazel tree’, hazelnoot ‘hazelnut’, and German Hasel, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin corylus.