gar·​lic | \ ˈgär-lik How to pronounce garlic (audio) \

Definition of garlic

1 : a European allium (Allium sativum) widely cultivated for its pungent compound bulbs much used in cookery broadly : allium
2 : a bulb of garlic

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Other Words from garlic

garlicky \ ˈgär-​li-​kē How to pronounce garlicky (audio) \ adjective

Examples of garlic in a Sentence

The recipe calls for two cloves of garlic, minced. a pasta dish flavored with basil and garlic
Recent Examples on the Web Panko bread crumbs mixed with garlic, Parmesan, olive oil and parsley make a lovely crumbly topping for asparagus. Katie Workman, NBC News, "How to cook asparagus like a pro — plus 7 recipes you'll love," 6 Feb. 2020 Daveed's Catering and Culinary Kitchen offers a Valentine's Day Dinner at Home, with salad, either braised beef short ribs or red snapper with tomato and garlic, plus sides and white chocolate mousse $75 or $65. Polly Campbell,, "Restaurant specials to make your Valentine's Day date special," 6 Feb. 2020 Meanwhile in a small bowl, combine the soy sauce, ginger, garlic, rice wine vinegar, brown sugar and chili flakes, and store the mixture in the fridge until your pancakes are ready to serve. Dana Mcmahan, The Courier-Journal, "What dish means 'home' to you? For this Louisville chef, it's a no-recipe dish by his mom," 4 Feb. 2020 The book lists the top 20 sirtfoods as: arugula, buckwheat, capers, celery, chilies, cocoa, coffee, extra virgin olive oil, garlic, green tea, kale, Medjool dates, parsley, red endive, red onion, red wine, soy, strawberries, turmeric and walnuts. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "What is the Sirtfood Diet? The way of eating believes in red wine and cocoa," 3 Feb. 2020 In a large bowl, make the dressing by whisking together lemon juice, zest, garlic, spices, salt and pepper. Dallas News, "Skip the reservation — have a seafood date night at home," 3 Feb. 2020 At Leo, Scarlet Runners, an heirloom variety, are gently braised with garlic, rosemary, and sage until easily crushed between the teeth but still firm and meaty, generously salted, and finished with a glug of grassy olive oil. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, "Leo Has Its Finger on the Pulse," 31 Jan. 2020 Transfer peppers to a food processor, along with chickpeas, garlic, tahini, lemon juice, paprika, cumin, and ¼ tsp each salt and pepper and puree until smooth. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Roasted Red Pepper Hummus," 28 Jan. 2020 In a 3-quart baking dish, toss peppers with oil, garlic, and 1/2 tsp each salt and pepper. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Slow-Roasted Orange Bell Peppers With Walnut Relish," 22 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of garlic

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for garlic

Middle English garlek, from Old English gārlēac, from gār spear + lēac leek — more at gore

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The first known use of garlic was before the 12th century

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11 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Garlic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of garlic

: a plant that is related to the onion and that has small sections (called cloves) which have a strong taste and smell and are used for flavoring foods


gar·​lic | \ ˈgär-lik How to pronounce garlic (audio) \

Kids Definition of garlic

: a plant related to the onion and grown for its bulbs that have a strong smell and taste and are used to flavor foods


gar·​lic | \ ˈgär-lik How to pronounce garlic (audio) \

Medical Definition of garlic

: a European bulbous herb of the genus Allium (A. sativum) widely cultivated for its pungent compound bulbs much used in cookery also : one of the bulbs

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