on·​ion | \ ˈən-yən How to pronounce onion (audio) \

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 How to pronounce oniony (audio) \ 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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Recent Examples on the Web The cholent pot would be filled with whatever lay to hand—typically potatoes, barley, beans, onion and a bit of fatty meat if the household could afford it—and taken by one of the children to the neighbourhood bakery. The Economist, "Home Entertainment Cholent, a traditional Jewish dish, is a perfect lockdown meal," 27 June 2020 In a large bowl, combine the cabbage, fennel, onion and apple. Angela Davis, Washington Post, "Here’s how to transform coleslaw from cookout supporting player to star," 25 June 2020 The rich fish pairs perfectly with the other Mediterranean diet staples in this healthy air-fryer recipe, including fresh oregano, spinach, garlic, olive oil, red onion, and feta cheese. Karla Walsh, Better Homes & Gardens, "Air-Fryer Fish Recipes That'll Have You Reaching for Seconds," 23 June 2020 Transfer the tomatillos, jalapeño, and garlic to a blender or food processor and add the onion, cilantro, lime juice, and salt. Susan Puckett, ajc, "Tortillas get the star treatment," 17 June 2020 Add cheese to one half of the eggs and top that half with onion-mushroom-asparagus mixture. cleveland, "Beyond the McMuffin: 6 breakfast sandwiches you can make at home," 2 June 2020 Also the bloomin’ onion, wings, cheese fries, soups, salads and desserts. Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, "Father's Day is different this year. Here are 15+ restaurants offering specials for dad," 15 June 2020 Fold in the cilantro, red onion, jalapeño and salt, and mix well. cleveland, "Try the real recipes for these famous restaurant foods," 15 June 2020 To start, purists will crave the classic onion soup gratinee with a healthy heap of gooey gruyere, while the Moroccan lamb meatballs with Noble Bread ciabatta, cucumber mint relish and harissa tomato sauce will appeal to rebels. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "Arizona Restaurant Week Spring 2020: Here are 15 great menus to try for dine-in or takeout," 14 June 2020

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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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The first known use of onion was in the 14th century

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30 Jun 2020

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“Onion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/onion. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of onion

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


on·​ion | \ ˈən-yən How to pronounce onion (audio) \

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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