carrot

noun
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 Reduce the heat to medium and add the carrot, bell peppers, green beans, bamboo shoots and cabbage. Dallas News, "3 soothing chicken soup recipes: Tom Kha Gai, Thukpa and Sopa de Lima," 28 Dec. 2020 For a century the place has been the national dangling carrot for American dreamers. Los Angeles Times, "What would Baldessari do? A good question for the end of a terrible year," 7 Dec. 2020 Root crops, including beet, carrot, radish, parsnip, rutabaga and turnip must be grown from seeds sown directly where the plants will grow in the garden. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, "Watch for beautiful wild flowers in bloom, plus tips on fall planting and harvesting," 4 Nov. 2020 Meanwhile, the big carrot—a stimulus deal—is looking less likely by the day. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Earnings were supposed to lift the markets. What happened?," 16 Oct. 2020 In a serving bowl, stir the shredded beet and carrot together. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Vivid slaw tosses in beets and apples for a fresh, tangy crunch," 24 Nov. 2020 Vegetables to plant in November include beet, cabbage, carrot, celery, collard, garlic, kale, kohlrabi, leek, lettuce, mustard, onion, parsnip, radish, rutabaga, shallot, spinach, Swiss chard, turnip. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, "Watch for beautiful wild flowers in bloom, plus tips on fall planting and harvesting," 4 Nov. 2020 In a serving bowl, stir the shredded beet and carrot together. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Vivid slaw tosses in beets and apples for a fresh, tangy crunch," 21 Oct. 2020 Mutilating a potato, cucumber, beet, eggplant, squash, or carrot—and your fingertips, quite possibly—with a blunt blade? Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Ina Garten Wants You to Throw Out This Kitchen Tool Every Year," 14 Oct. 2020

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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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25 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Carrot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/carrot. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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carrot

noun
How to pronounce carrot (audio)

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

carrot

noun
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

carrot

noun
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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