onion

noun
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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Then in 2016 the government began restricting the export of onions and lentils. Krishna Pokharel, WSJ, "Indian Farmers Despair, Planting Seeds of Doubt About Modi’s Re-Election," 14 Jan. 2019 Add 1 small onion (thinly sliced) and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, 6 minutes. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Vegetarian Fried Rice," 15 Feb. 2019 Obviously, sanitizing cutting boards is a no-brainer but even that doesn't always keep strong onion and garlic smells at bay. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "How to Get Rid of Unwanted Odors in Your House," 29 Nov. 2018 Prepare the sauce, whisking together sour cream, mayonnaise, Parmesan, lemon zest, Tabasco, grated onion and mustard. Julia O'malley, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaskana recipe: Halibut Olympia a little better than you remember," 12 July 2018 Media: MyRecipes 3 strips bacon 1 small onion, chopped 1 (15-ounce) can pork and beans in tomato sauce. Heloise, Houston Chronicle, "A yearning for Bootlegger Beans," 10 July 2018 Ursula said a big seller and specialty is the Bowes Bonanza, a Chicago style pizza with Italian sausage, green pepper, onion and mushroom. Sheryl Devore, Lake County News-Sun, "Guide to outdoor dining in Chicago suburbs: Emil's Tavern on Center in Grayslake," 9 July 2018 On the menu: From signature soups such as French onion and a hearty chili, to meal-worthy salads ranging from Caesar and California Cobb, starter courses are often suitable for patrons as a lunch option. Philip Potempa, Daily Southtown, "Guide to outdoor dining in Chicago suburbs: Flossmoor Station and Brewery," 7 July 2018 How to eat it Simmer up your own soup and add nutrient-dense foods like carrots, onions and fresh herbs. Alexandra Sifferlin, Time, "11 Best Foods For Your Immune System," 19 June 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 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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