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.
Recent Examples on the Web The carrot also appears in a collection with Grillo’s Pickles. Los Angeles Times, 21 Apr. 2022 Moreover, the carrot needs to be dangling continuously. Prince Ghuman, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2022 The Jazz’s short-handedness and relative competitiveness in spite of it explains why Snyder’s postgame comments featured the carrot rather than the stick. Eric Walden, The Salt Lake Tribune, 27 Mar. 2022 Desserts are equally worthy, such as the carrot halwa and fragrant falooda crafted with rose milk, vermicelli and basil seeds. Megha Mcswain, Chron, 22 Mar. 2022 In an interview earlier this month with The Daily Telegraph in the UK, Norman said with Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund behind LIV Golf, the carrot would be hard to resist. Doug Ferguson, Chicago Tribune, 25 Apr. 2022 In an interview earlier this month with The Daily Telegraph in the UK, Norman said with Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund behind LIV Golf, the carrot would be hard to resist. oregonlive, 25 Apr. 2022 Spiced Apple Carrot Cake with Goat Cheese Frosting Use goat cheese as a gourmet substitution for cream cheese in a carrot cake frosting. Sunset Magazine, 14 Apr. 2022 Carrot cake graces many an Easter spread, but this carrot cake is extra special thanks to that decadent brown butter-cream cheese frosting. Washington Post, 13 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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13 May 2022

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“Carrot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/carrot. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for carrot

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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