: a biennial garden plant (Beta vulgaris) of the goosefoot family that includes several cultivars (such as Swiss chard and sugar beet) and that has thick edible leaves with long petioles and often swollen purplish-red roots
also : its root used especially as a vegetable, as a source of sugar, or for forage

Example Sentences

I've planted carrots, parsnips, and beets in the garden.
Recent Examples on the Web There are even cocktails and mocktails made to taste like Japanese cold noodles and a New York beet salad. Dan Koday, Travel + Leisure, 8 May 2023 On the vegetable menu ($10-$16), there's a German cucumber salad known as gurkensalat, a beet salad and a tomato soup. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 1 May 2023 Chewing beet juice gummies could be more appealing than drinking a cup of juice. Joe And Teresa Graedon, oregonlive, 11 Apr. 2023 Use Swiss chard, kale, mature spinach, beet greens or a mix. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, 13 May 2023 Have a healthy diet: Eating a healthy diet that contains antioxidants and plenty of nutrients like leafy greens, beets, broccoli, and berries can help support healthy skin and improve cellular regeneration. Alyssa Hui, Health, 11 May 2023 Made with carrots, garlic, onion, red beets, spinach, and tomatoes, flaxseeds add an addictively delicious crunch to each chip. Ashley Martens, Redbook, 10 May 2023 Rodriguez and Vang are currently growing various flowers and vegetables — including lettuce, carrots, beets, cabbage, cucumbers, herbs and bok choy — on the farm. Agnes Constante, NBC News, 10 May 2023 Metacom Kitchen’s root vegetable salad composed of parsnips, beets, carrots, infused goat cheese and puffed sesame. Andrea E. Mchugh,, 4 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History


Middle English bete, from Old English bēte, from Latin beta

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of beet was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Beet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a garden plant with thick long-stalked edible leaves and usually an enlarged purplish red root used as a vegetable, as a source of sugar, or as food for livestock
also : this root

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