carrot

noun car·rot \ ˈker-ət , ˈka-rət \
Updated on: 10 Dec 2017

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

  1. She chopped some carrots for the soup.

  2. He added some grated carrot to the soup.

  3. The company offered a carrot in the form of additional vacation time to workers who met their deadlines.

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Origin and Etymology of carrot

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


CARROT Defined for English Language Learners

carrot

noun

Definition of carrot for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

carrot

noun car·rot \ ˈker-ət \

Definition of carrot for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

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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