Adjective "oak" definition and examples

(Oak may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


A large tree which bears acorns and typically has lobed deciduous leaves. Oaks are dominant in many north temperate forests and are an important source of durable timber used in building, furniture, and (formerly) ships.
  1. 'I had sat on the branch of an oak tree and gazed out at the forest surrounding me.'
  2. 'All alone in the world, she had run to the cliff where the monumental oak tree sat, leaned against it and cried.'
  3. 'scents of toasty oak'
  4. 'The wine is soft yet juicy with sweet fruit concentration, well-handled oak and a smoky, tapering finish.'
  5. 'John's red wines are always beautifully made with soft tannins and integrated oak.'
  6. 'This is firm and smoky, with a good backbone, toasty American oak and piercing cassis fruit.'
  7. 'Grevillea robusta (Grevillea, Australian Silly-Oak, Lacewood) contains similar phenolic compounds to that of poison ivy.'
  8. 'She-oak, oak, or casuarina is a family of Australian native trees that produces large quantities of wind-blown pollen.'
An annual flat horse race for three-year-old fillies run on Epsom Downs, over the same course as the Derby. It was first run in 1779.
  1. 'What a fascinating and unique contest the Tralee race has turned out to be with two future Oaks winners in contention.'
  2. 'He has a contract with the Jockey Club, both as a registered owner and by virtue of having entered his horse in the Oaks.'
  3. 'The other classic races are The Derby and The Oaks, at Epsom Downs, and the 1,000 and 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket.'

More definitions

1. any tree or shrub belonging to the genus Quercus, of the beech family, bearing the acorn as fruit.

2. the hard, durable wood of such a tree, used in making furniture and in construction.

3. the leaves of this tree, especially as worn in a chaplet.

4. anything made of the wood of this tree, as an item of furniture, a door, etc. Idioms

5. sport one's oak, British. (of a university student) to indicate that one is not at home to visitors by closing the outer door of one's lodgings.

More examples(as adjective)

"trees can be oak."

"tables can be oak."

"doors can be oak."

"beams can be oak."

"woods can be oak."

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Old English āc, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch eik and German Eiche.


great oaks from little acorns grow
sport the (or one's) oak