car·​rot ˈker-ət How to pronounce carrot (audio)
: a biennial herb (Daucus carota of the family Umbelliferae, the carrot family) with a usually orange spindle-shaped edible root
also : its root
: 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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Word History


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

First Known Use

1533, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of carrot was in 1533

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Cite this Entry

“Carrot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


car·​rot ˈkar-ət How to pronounce carrot (audio)
: the long orange edible root of a common garden plant that is eaten as a vegetable
also : a plant that produces a carrot

Medical Definition


car·​rot ˈkar-ət How to pronounce carrot (audio)
: 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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