car·​rot | \ ˈker-ət How to pronounce carrot (audio) , ˈka-rət\

Definition of carrot

1 : a biennial herb (Daucus carota of the family Umbelliferae, the carrot family) with a usually orange spindle-shaped edible root also : its root
2 : a reward or advantage offered especially as an inducement The company offered a carrot in the form of additional vacation time to workers who met their deadlines.

Examples of carrot in a Sentence

She chopped some carrots for the soup. He added some grated carrot to the soup. The company offered a carrot in the form of additional vacation time to workers who met their deadlines.
See More

Recent Examples on the Web

Toss together carrots and oil on a large rimmed baking sheet. Kate Merker, Country Living, "Green Salad With Roasted Carrots and Creamy Tarragon Dressing," 11 Mar. 2019 Photos shared by Kensington Palace show the royal chopping carrots and later serving dishes to guests. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince William Cooks at a Homeless Shelter He Visited with Princess Diana," 13 Feb. 2019 Add carrots, toss to combine, and remove from heat. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Lemon-Thyme Chicken with Spring Sauté," 7 Mar. 2019 Place chicken in pot of electric pressure cooker; add carrots, celery, onion, garlic, bay leaf, parsley, 3/4 teaspoon salt and 6 cups water. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Instant Pot Chicken Soup," 21 Dec. 2018 Potential crops include lettuces and leafy greens like spinach and kale, herbs like basil and mint, strawberries, mushrooms, carrots, eggplants, and a wide variety of others. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Abandoned Coal Mines Could Be Future of Farming," 3 Dec. 2018 Find fiber in tasty snacks like raspberries, pistachios, avocado, carrots, sweet potatoes, cocoa powder and even popcorn! Tina Ferraro, Teen Vogue, "Period Blood Color Guide: What Colored Blood Means For Your Health," 9 Aug. 2018 Homemade hot giardiniera, a pickled relish typically made of cauliflower, carrots, celery and peppers, supplied some light tartness to this meaty dish. Lauren Delgado,, "Garp & Fuss: Murky menu, lovely location," 6 July 2018 Add carrots, celery, bay leaf and one of the garlic scapes, cut in half. Leah Eskin,, "How to dry-braise chicken and banish badly poached bouncy meat," 27 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'carrot.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of carrot

1533, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for carrot

Middle French carotte, from Late Latin carota, from Greek karōton

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about carrot

Statistics for carrot

Last Updated

21 Apr 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for carrot

The first known use of carrot was in 1533

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for carrot



English Language Learners Definition of carrot

: the long orange root of a plant that is eaten as a vegetable
informal : something that is offered as a reward or advantage to persuade a person to do something


car·​rot | \ ˈker-ət How to pronounce carrot (audio) \

Kids Definition of carrot

: a long orange root of a garden plant that is eaten as a vegetable


car·​rot | \ ˈkar-ət How to pronounce carrot (audio) \

Medical Definition of carrot

: a biennial plant of the genus Daucus (D. carota) that bears seeds which have been used especially as a diuretic and stimulant and that in cultivated varieties has a yellow or orange-red tapering root which is used as a vegetable also : its root

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on carrot

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with carrot

Spanish Central: Translation of carrot

Nglish: Translation of carrot for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of carrot for Arabic Speakers Encyclopedia article about carrot

Comments on carrot

What made you want to look up carrot? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to move or proceed with twists and turns

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Latin Quiz

  • roman forum
  • Which of the following months comes from a Latin word for “ten”?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!