Chestnut vs Chest - What's the difference?

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Chestnut is a derived term of chest.

As nouns the difference between chestnut and chest

is that chestnut is a tree or shrub of the genus castanea while chest is a box, now usually a large strong box with a secure convex lid or chest can be debate; quarrel; strife; enmity.

As a adjective chestnut

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

As a verb chest is

to hit with one's chest (front of one's body).




  • A tree or shrub of the genus Castanea .
  • The nut of this tree or shrub.
  • (uncountable) A dark, reddish-brown colour/color.
  • A reddish-brown horse.
  • (uncountable) The wood of a chestnut tree.
  • (idiomatic) (Often "old chestnut") A worn-out meme; a phrase, etc. so often repeated as to have grown tiresome.
  • A round or oval horny plate found on the inner side of the leg of a horse or other animal, similar to a birthmark on a human.
  • (UK) horse-chestnut
  • Synonyms

    * (tree) chestnut tree

    Derived terms

    * American chestnut * chestnut blight * chestnut oak * chestnut tree * dwarf chestnut * horse chestnut * Moreton Bay chestnut * pull chestnuts out of the fire * Spanish chestnut * sweet chestnut * water chestnut


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

    * (wikipedia) * black bean * buckeye * caltrop * chinquapin * chinquapin oak * conker * maroon * water caltrop *



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    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) cheste, chiste, from (etyl) .

    Alternative forms

    * (l) (obsolete)


    (en noun)
  • A box, now usually a large strong box with a secure convex lid.
  • :
  • *
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  • (lb) A coffin.
  • The place in which public money is kept; a treasury.
  • :
  • A chest of drawers.
  • (senseid)(lb) The portion of the front of the human body from the base of the neck to the top of the abdomen; the thorax. Also the analogous area in other animals.
  • :
  • #A hit or blow made with one's chest.
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  • Synonyms
    * (the thorax) breast * (box) trunk
    Derived terms
    * bad chest * chest cavity * chest cold * chestless * chestlike * chest of drawers * chest pass * chestnut * chest wall * chesty * get off one’s chest * hope chest * keep one's cards close to one's chest * treasure chest * war chest


    (en verb)
  • To hit with one's chest (front of one's body)
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=January 23 , author=Alistair Magowan , title=Blackburn 2 - 0 West Brom , work=BBC citation , page= , passage=Pedersen fed Kalinic in West Brom's defensive third and his chested lay-off was met on the burst by the Canadian who pelted by Tamas and smashed the ball into the top of Myhill's net. }}
  • To deposit in a chest.
  • (obsolete) To place in a coffin.
  • * Bible, Genesis 1. 26
  • He dieth and is chested .

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) cheste, cheeste, cheaste, from (etyl) .


    (en noun)
  • Debate; quarrel; strife; enmity.