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.
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Recent Examples on the Web But those carrots are part of a systemic problem, one with grave implications for climate change. Amelia Nierenberg, New York Times, "One Thing Your City Can Do: Reduce Food Waste," 11 Dec. 2019 When the carrots are ready, transfer them to the stockpot and return to the heat. Addie Broyles,, "Cold front coming? Here are 6 soup recipes to keep you warm," 25 Nov. 2019 Bring to a simmer, then reduce to medium and cook uncovered while stirring occasionally, until the carrots are tender and the liquid has thickened to the consistency of heavy cream, about 10 minutes., "Chicken Curry With Coconut and Tomatoes," 12 Nov. 2019 Soviet-Koreans just made it because carrots were available. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Born in Uzbekistan With Korean Roots, Jenia Kim Is Redefining the Notion of National Dress," 16 Oct. 2019 Remember carrots aren’t the only eye-healthy vegetable. Beth Wood, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Protect your eyes for life with healthy diet, sun shielding," 24 June 2019 Tong’s Thai: Fried spring rolls The best introduction to this enduring Austin Highway spot is a pair of spring rolls with pork, clear noodles, mushrooms and carrots wrapped in rice paper and fried with a bubble crunch. Mike Sutter,, "Critics pick: 25 best San Antonio restaurant dishes of 2019," 23 Dec. 2019 After an amuse, starters include choice of foie gras torchon or roasted sunchoke soup and second course options are rock shrimp and carrot risotto or hand shaped scarpinocc ravioli. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "New Year's Eve Dining: Here are 39 restaurants open on 12/31 in metro Phoenix," 20 Dec. 2019 Prior to the ban, hunters could place piles of corn, apples or carrots around their hunting spots in order to lure and target deer. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "Whitmer vetoes bill that would have repealed Michigan ban on baiting deer," 19 Dec. 2019

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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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The first known use of carrot was in 1533

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13 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Carrot.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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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

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