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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Omorovicza’s skin-softening blend of apricot kernel, calendula, and carrot oils, infused with reparative golden flecks, packs a one-two punch that delivers a gleaming head-to-toe glow. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "8 Gold Beauty Products for Your Brightest New Year’s Eve Yet," 31 Dec. 2018 Ars and Star Trek go together, as the great philosopher once said, like peas and carrots. Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica, "Ars enters VR and destroys multiple starships in Star Trek: Bridge Crew," 26 Dec. 2018 In medium bowl, toss small radishes, scallions, and small carrot with 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice; fold in mint leaves. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "No-Cook Shrimp Rolls," 21 Dec. 2018 On Tuesday, Trump got a version of Pelosi that was decidedly more stick than carrot. Ella Nilsen, Vox, "Pelosi and Schumer didn’t know their meeting with Trump would be televised. They still used it to their advantage.," 12 Dec. 2018 Guests got a little extra energy from pass chocolate truffles and the groom’s cake, a carrot confection in the shape of a taxi, inspired by a memory of one of their first dates. Kt Merry, Harper's BAZAAR, "From Dallas, With Love: This Texas Wedding Redefined Effortless Elegance," 7 Nov. 2018 Julienne the carrots and cucumbers using a sharp knife or Japanese mandolin with attachment. Talia Abbas, SELF, "How to Throw a Laid-Back Holiday Party at Home, from the Team at A Summer Day Cafe," 6 Dec. 2018 While New Yorkers give the thumbs-up to Amazon moving one of its new headquarters to Long Island City, they are divided over the sizable carrot offered to the online retail giant. Jimmy Vielkind, WSJ, "Amazon Hires Public-Affairs Firms to Aid New York Efforts," 5 Dec. 2018 The Duchess of Sussex certainly didn’t know about the stunt, but probably appreciated the carrots anyway. Megan Friedman, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Had the Funniest Reaction to Receiving Carrots During the Royal Tour," 19 Oct. 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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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


car·​rot | \ ˈker-ət \

Kids Definition of carrot

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


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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