(1)   Of a light brown or yellowish brown color


(2)   Any of several shrubs or small trees of the genus Corylus bearing edible nuts enclosed in a leafy husk
(3)   The fine-grained wood of a hazelnut tree (genus Corylus) and the hazel tree (Australian genus Pomaderris)
(4)   Australian tree grown especially for ornament and its fine-grained wood and bearing edible nuts

Proper noun

  1. from the plant or colour hazel. Popular in the U.S. at the turn of the 20th century.
  2. for someone who lived near a hazel tree.


  • 1880 Steele MacKaye: Hazel Kirke ( An Iron Will):
    GREEN. - - Squire Rodney has been looking into your affairs, and, by Jove! he swears you've deceived Hazel Kirke!
    ARTHUR. Deceived her? How?
    GREEN. He says that your marriage to her was a pretence, a farce, a lie.
  • 1908 S. Florence Ray: Fallen Petals. page 17:
    In the month of May,
    When all nature seems in touch with hidden jewels,
    We called her Hazel,
    Hazel May.
  • 2002 Susan Starbuck: Hazel Wolf: Fighting the Establishment. ISBN 0295982225 page 26:
    Now, as I mentioned earlier, I never liked the name Hazel. I didn't like being called after a nut. I wanted to be called Rosemary, something pretty.