pearl onion


: a very small usually pickled onion used especially in appetizers and as a garnish

Examples of pearl onion in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the mashed potatoes and roasted mushrooms, carrots, pearl onions and bacon lardons surrounding the chicken steal the show. Keith Pandolfi, The Enquirer, 15 Mar. 2024 Examples of Christopher's eight-course tasting menu includes a seven day dry-aged Liberty duck with confit pearl onion, celery root and sherry gastrique. Bahar Anooshahr, The Arizona Republic, 12 Feb. 2024 At Uptown Charlotte’s new French brasserie, the coq au vin is braised in a French Burgundy and served with pearl onions, bacon lardons and more. Ben Jarrell, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 Add pearl onions, a pinch of sugar and salt to taste. Adriene Rathbun, Charlotte Observer, 24 Jan. 2024 Bitters have always seemed like a safe nonalcoholic option behind the bar; they’re found on supermarket shelves next to bottles of Day-Glo margarita mix and jars of pearl onions. Allison Robicelli, Washington Post, 3 Jan. 2024 Add pearl onions, bacon, and red wine for even richer flavor. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 1 Dec. 2023 The dignitaries and stars dined on shrimp, squab, wild rice, Parisian potatoes and peas with pearl onions. Pat Saperstein, Variety, 16 Oct. 2023 Carrots, mushrooms, red wine, tomato paste, chicken broth, pearl onions, thyme sprigs, and thyme leaves flavor cubed boneless chuck roast. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 26 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1855, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pearl onion was in 1855

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“Pearl onion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

pearl onion

: a very small onion that is usually pickled

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