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 garlic (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 In a large mixing bowl, combine panko, scallions, parsley and garlic. Andrea Nguyen, WSJ, "Don’t Want to Go (Entirely) Meatless? Try These Recipes," 30 Dec. 2020 When ready to serve, use a thin metal spatula to remove the cheese from the bowl, draining off some of the oil, and then arrange it with the pepper slices and garlic on a plate. Washington Post, "Marinate Camembert, Czech-style, for your next low-effort snack," 30 Dec. 2020 Peel the garlic and finely chop them; finely chop the tomato halves and the remaining onion as well. Dallas News, "3 soothing chicken soup recipes: Tom Kha Gai, Thukpa and Sopa de Lima," 28 Dec. 2020 The recipes in the book—clams with bacon and garlic, duck with apricots, and more—are accessible and easy to follow, complete with finishing notes to make your plating just as special as the restaurant’s. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian Magazine, "Satisfy Your Travel Cravings With These Seven Cookbooks From Famous Hotels," 22 Dec. 2020 In large bowl, toss mushrooms, tomatoes, and garlic with oil and a pinch each of salt and pepper. Kate Merker, Good Housekeeping, "Sheet Pan Sausage and Egg Breakfast Bake," 17 Dec. 2020 Cook until garlic is golden brown and chicken is cooked through, 6 to 8 minutes. Kate Merker, Country Living, "Chicken Thighs with White Beans and Escarole," 13 Dec. 2020 Cook until the garlic is fragrant and the celery is slightly tender, about 5 minutes. Christian Reynoso, San Francisco Chronicle, "How to have a smaller, brighter Thanksgiving meal at home," 18 Nov. 2020 The combo of fresh ginger, local soy sauce, chiles, and garlic gets just about any job done. Alex Delany, Bon Appétit, "11 Gifts for People Who Want to Support Restaurants (a.k.a. Everyone)," 17 Nov. 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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14 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Garlic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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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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