onion

noun
on·ion | \ˈən-yən \

Definition of onion 

1 : a widely cultivated Asian herb (Allium cepa) of the lily family with pungent edible bulbs also : its bulb

2 : any of various plants of the same genus as the onion

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Other Words from onion

oniony \ˈən-yə-nē \ adjective

Examples of onion in a Sentence

The recipe calls for chopped onions. He is growing onions in the garden this year. The recipe calls for chopped onion.
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Along with the onion mixture, mix 3 tablespoons harissa into the ground lamb. Adam Ried, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipes: Switch it up with lamb burgers instead of beef," 13 July 2018 Prices: Appetizers range from $5.99 (French onion soup) to $28.99 (a full order of Oysters Rockefeller). Donald Liebenson, chicagotribune.com, "Guide to outdoor dining in Chicago suburbs: Beelow's NorthShore in Highland Park," 11 July 2018 Make date night easy with dinner for two ($130), featuring onion soup or house salad, Chateaubriand with two sides and Zinc souffle for dessert. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "French restaurants in Phoenix to celebrate Bastille Day," 9 July 2018 The Man in the Park Burger has sloppy Joe and onion straws. Vickie Snow Jurkowski, Daily Southtown, "Guide to outdoor dining in Chicago suburbs: Girl in the Park in Orland Park," 5 July 2018 Those brave enough to sneak one on the way to the table will be rewarded with a super-hot and extra crunchy bite of onion bliss. Sarah Gish, kansascity, "Batter up: Here are 18 KC-area places to get perfect, golden-fried onion rings," 21 June 2018 An otherwise-traditional Greek salad also includes sweet pickled onion petals. Steve Smith, Courant Community, "Figs Bistro Opens In South Glastonbury," 19 June 2018 Diners can choose from steak house chili, baked five-onion soup or iceberg wedge chopped house salad to start. Patricia Dillon, Houston Chronicle, "The Woodlands offers many things to do for Father’s Day," 13 June 2018 Just one of these blades cost you hundreds of dollars, which could be the price of the perfect French onion soup. Josie Colt, WIRED, "All the Gear, Gadgets, and Apps We Loved in May," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of onion

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for onion

Middle English, from Anglo-French oignon, from Latin union-, unio

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onion

noun

English Language Learners Definition of onion

: a round vegetable that is usually white, yellow, or red and has a strong smell and taste

onion

noun
on·ion | \ˈən-yən \

Kids Definition of onion

: the roundish edible bulb of a plant related to the lily that has a sharp odor and taste and is used as a vegetable and to season foods

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