Shallot definition

shălət, shə-lŏt
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A variety of onion with pointed, pear-shaped bulbs that grow in clusters.
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The mild-flavored bulb of this plant, used in cooking.
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A small onion (Allium ascalonicum) whose clustered bulbs, like garlic but milder, are used for flavoring.
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A vegetable in the onion family.
  • Allium ascalonium.
  • Allium oschaninii.
  • Any small onion.
  • (New Orleans) A scallion.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
shallot
Plural:
shallots

Origin of shallot

  • Shortening of French échalote from Middle French eschalote alteration (influenced by -ote, -otte) (feminine of -ot diminutive suff.) of Old French eschaloigne from Vulgar Latin escalōnia scallion

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French échalote, alteration of eschaloigne, from Middle Latin escalonia "onion of Ascalon".

    From Wiktionary