synonyms, antonyms, definitions, examples & translations of oak in English

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From Middle English ook, oke, aik, ake, from Old English āc (also as Old English ǣċ), from Proto-West Germanic *aik, from Proto-Germanic *aiks, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂eyǵ- (oak).


  • (General American) IPA(key): /oʊk/
  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /əʊk/
  • enPR: ōk
  • Rhymes: -əʊk
  • (obsolete) enPR: wōk, IPA(key): /woʊk/


oak (countable and uncountable, plural oaks)

  1. (countable) A deciduous tree with distinctive deeply lobed leaves, acorns, and notably strong wood, typically of England and northeastern North America, included in genus Quercus.
  2. (uncountable) The wood of the oak.
  3. A rich brown colour, like that of oak wood.
  4. Any tree of the genus Quercus, in family Fagaceae.
  5. Any tree of other genera and species of trees resembling typical oaks of genus Quercus in some ways.
    1. The she-oaks in Allocasuarina and Casuarina, of family Casuarinaceae
    2. Lagunaria, white oak, in family Malvaceae
    3. Various species called silky oak, in family Proteaceae
    4. Toxicodendron, poison oak, in family Anacardiaceae
    5. Various tanbark oak or stone oak species in family Fagaceae, genera Lithocarpus and Notholithocarpus.
  6. The outer (lockable) door of a set of rooms in a college or similar institution. (Often in the phrase sport one's oak.)
    Synonym: sporting door
    • The New Sporting Magazine (volume 15, page 23)
      The vesper bell had rung its parting note; the domini were mostly caged in comfortable quarters, discussing the merits of old port; and the merry student had closed his oak, to consecrate the night to friendship, sack, and claret.
  7. (wine) The flavor of oak.

Alternative forms

  • (oak tree): woak, yack (England, dialectal, possibly obsolete)


  • (oak tree): tree


  • (oak tree): acorn

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oak (not comparable)

  1. having a rich brown colour, like that of oak wood.
  2. made of oak wood or timber
    an oak table, oak beam, etc


  • (made of oak): oaken



oak (third-person singular simple present oaks, present participle oaking, simple past and past participle oaked)

  1. (wine, transitive) To expose to oak in order for the oak to impart its flavors.

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See also

Further reading

  • oak on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • “oak”, in OneLook Dictionary Search.


  • A-OK, AOK, Kao, Oka, koa, oka

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