noun, often attributive
po·​ta·​to | \ pə-ˈtā-(ˌ)tō How to pronounce potato (audio) , -tə, dialectal pə-ˈdā-, bə- How to pronounce potato (audio) \
plural potatoes

Definition of potato

2a : an erect South American herb (Solanum tuberosum) of the nightshade family widely cultivated for its edible starchy tuber
b : the tuber of a potato

called also Irish potato, spud, white potato

Illustration of potato

Illustration of potato

potato 2a

Examples of potato in a Sentence

She's growing carrots and potatoes in her garden this year.
Recent Examples on the Web With potato crops failing, impoverished Irish started mixing loaves using soft wheat flour, sour milk and baking soda. Jen Rose Smith, CNN, 4 May 2022 Nearby, above a stretch of rocky shoreline, Mango serves everything from octopus carpaccio to coconut-milk curry and a West Indian stew (butternut squash, deliciously burnt, with sweet-potato mash). Paul Winner, Travel + Leisure, 17 Apr. 2022 Gently stuff the chole-potato mix into the puri, add the toppings of your choice, and pour enough pani mix into the shell to fill it up to the brim. Arsh Raziuddin, Bon Appétit, 11 Feb. 2022 The menu looks interesting, and includes breakfast all day of a traditional egg-and-potato dish. Washington Post, 10 Feb. 2022 Wagyu coulotte blackberry Cabernet sauce, sweet-potato Hasselback potatoes, vanilla butter with pecans. Marc Bona, cleveland, 31 Jan. 2022 For meals, there are curries (including the cauliflower-potato dish aloo gobi and the black lentil dal makhani). Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11 Nov. 2021 And Norman Brown, director of sweet-potato sales for Wada Farms in Raleigh, N.C., is paying truckers nearly twice as much as usual to haul the crop to other parts of the country. New York Times, 25 Oct. 2021 From creamy potato salads to crunchy salads with plenty of greens, a good BBQ salad can be the perfect thing to accompany your BBQ mains. Jamie Ballard, Good Housekeeping, 1 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of potato

1565, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for potato

Spanish batata, from Taino

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“Potato.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/potato. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for potato


po·​ta·​to | \ pə-ˈtā-tō How to pronounce potato (audio) \
plural potatoes

Kids Definition of potato

: the thick edible usually rounded underground tuber of a widely grown South American plant that is eaten as a vegetable

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