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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There are also familiar standbys — pad Thai with a hint of lemon; fresh rice noodles stuffed with mixed greens, carrots, and generous heaps of avocado; marinated chicken satay with a thick peanut sauce. Kara Baskin,, "Thai Noodle Cafe is a welcome pit stop in a culinarily rich stretch of Belmont," 13 June 2019 The dinner started with a salad made with radishes, carrots, broad beans, stracciatella and verbena oil., "Kate Middleton Recycles Off-the-Shoulder Gown (and Sports Sparkling Heels!) for Glam Night Out," 12 June 2019 The spring rendition included local lettuces; roasted cauliflower and red and golden beets; roasted and shaved rainbow carrots; baby Swiss; broccoli sprouts; and creamy dill dressing. Birmingham Magazine,, "Food News: new cafes, a healthy food pop-up, and more," 11 June 2019 The Sullivan employs a ground lamb/pork mix with its carrots, peas and onions. Amy Drew Thompson,, "Slainté! Sanfording at The Sullivan is trad and true ... and pretty tasty," 4 June 2019 Whole foods such as brown rice, broccoli, spinach, carrots, cucumbers, lettuce, celery, and zucchini, also contain insoluble fiber and could contribute to diarrhea. Jo Yurcaba, Woman's Day, "There's a Reason You Get Really Bad Diarrhea During Your Period," 3 June 2019 That means carrot juice, cheese sauce, chicken stock, etc. Korin Miller, SELF, "Del Monte Recalls Canned Corn Over Concerns It Could Cause ‘Life-Threatening Illness'," 14 Dec. 2018 BIOTIN Small amounts of this B vitamin are found in carrots, almonds, milk, and other foods. Allure, "The Skin-Care Glossary: A Comprehensive Guide to Everything You Need to Know," 17 Aug. 2018 The Scotty Barnhill features carrot juice and celery syrup, along with Barr Hill Gin and the Greek liqueur Mastiha. Wesley Case,, "R. Bar celebrates John Waters with spring cocktail menu," 9 Apr. 2018

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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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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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