\ ˈbēt How to pronounce beet (audio) \

Definition of beet

: 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

Examples of beet in a Sentence

I've planted carrots, parsnips, and beets in the garden.
Recent Examples on the Web Mixed olives and a beet-arugula salad with green goddess dressing round out the menu. Michael Russell, oregonlive, 12 Nov. 2021 Soon, other things arrived: five kinds of tomatoes overlaying a beet purée. New York Times, 11 Nov. 2021 Specialties include steak frites, burger Royale, French onion soup, Wagyu tartare, beet and warm goat cheese salad and a French cheese plate. San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Sep. 2021 Russia’s signature dish, beet-red borscht, has been used as indicator of rising food prices in the country, with its mixture of vegetables, meat and dairy. Washington Post, 5 July 2021 While Taqueria La Venganza in Oakland will primarily be a market, Medina plans to install a window that will be open until 2 a.m. for late-night beet chorizo tacos and fries topped with vegan carne asada. Elena Kadvany, San Francisco Chronicle, 13 Oct. 2021 Wagyu tartare with quail yolk ($21) and bibb, endive and beet with warm goat cheese salads ($11 to $17). San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Oct. 2021 Yelper picks include Heart of Gold’s old major sandwich with two beet and bean patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickle and onion on a vegan bun, and Propaganda’s breakfast sandwich made with Beyond Sausage. Lauren Kotmel, cleveland, 6 Oct. 2021 Castelaz acknowledges that beet might give some customers pause. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 20 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of beet

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for beet

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

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“Beet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of beet

: a garden plant with thick leaves and a rounded red root
: the rounded red root of the beet plant that is eaten as a vegetable


\ ˈbēt How to pronounce beet (audio) \

Kids Definition of beet

1 : a leafy plant with a thick juicy root that is used as a vegetable or as a source of sugar
2 : the root of a beet plant

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