carrot

noun
car·rot | \ˈker-ət, 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.
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Its hairless stalks are light green with red to purplish blotches on the stalk or trunk, with graceful, carrot-like leaves. Margaret Lauterbach, idahostatesman, "Know the proper ways to attack all of our plentiful weeds," 1 June 2018 Accompanying the meat were vegetables, such as carrots, parsnips, fingerling potatoes, cauliflower and broccoli rabe. Lauren Delgado, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Enzo's Hideaway offers Italian fare paired with prohibition-style cocktails," 14 July 2018 In mid-August set out broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts transplants, and in late August sow beets, carrots, radishes, spinach, lettuce and other leaf and root crops. Neil Sperry, star-telegram, "Here’s your gardening to-do list for the second part of the summer," 11 July 2018 Diced carrots, shredded beets, spinach greens or others would be welcome at this party. Anna Thomas Bates, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "On a hot day, this quinoa salad can cool you down - without overheating your kitchen," 11 July 2018 In containers, grow carrots, radishes, bush cucumber and potatoes. Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, Indianapolis Star, "The Hoosier Gardener: Sow seeds now for late-summer edibles," 8 July 2018 Pack apples, carrots, granola bars, potato chips or popcorn as snacks. Mari A. Schaefer, Philly.com, "Sun and food safety tips for the Fourth of July," 3 July 2018 In the vegetable store, artichokes, fava beans, radicchio, tomatoes, carrots, leeks and squash blossoms are so artfully arranged as to shame any Whole Foods market. Necee Regis, BostonGlobe.com, "Resort’s Tuscany cooking class has all the right ingredients," 2 July 2018 There are extensive planters for carrots, tomatoes and pumpkins. J. S. Marcus, WSJ, "Where Luxury Meets a Prefab Home," 27 June 2018

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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

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carrot

noun

English Language Learners Definition of carrot

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

: something that is offered as a reward or advantage to persuade a person to do something

carrot

noun
car·rot | \ˈker-ət \

Kids Definition of carrot

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

carrot

noun
car·rot | \ˈkar-ət \

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

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