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
onionyplay \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.
Recent Examples of onion from the Web
WALLA WALLA, Wash. — Walla Walla used to be best known for sweet onions and as home of the state penitentiary, where death row inmates once were hanged.
Benefits of onions include the high levels of Vitamin C and beta carotene found in their green tops, which my mom likes to chop and mix with cottage cheese.
Its smaller box, which costs $59.94, feeds two people for three meals, and includes recipes such as spicy Korean-style chicken and roasted onion miso ramen.
There is hot borscht and many varieties of dumplings, including some made with fried liver, carrots and onions.
This week's lot includes the aforementioned turnips and radishes, plus mustard mix, kale, arugula, and green onions.
Out of the pizza oven came our Puzzi, a thin crust laden with tomato, mozzarella, spicy Italian sausage and onions, with Gorgonzola flecked on top to add a twist.
Crosby suggests soaking 1 pound of beans in a solution of 3 tablespoons of salt in 4 quarts (16 cups) of water for about 16 hours, along with flavoring agents like garlic, onion, rosemary and thyme.
Top each taco with a few pickled onions and serve immediately.
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Origin and Etymology of onion
Middle English, from Anglo-French oignon, from Latin union-, unio
First Known Use: 14th century
ONION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of onion for English Language Learners
: a round vegetable that is usually white, yellow, or red and has a strong smell and taste
ONION Defined for Kids
Definition of onion for Students
: 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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