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

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potato 2a

Examples of potato in a Sentence

She's growing carrots and potatoes in her garden this year.
Recent Examples on the Web My favorite food is the potato because of its versatility. Mikayla Pivec | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Mikayla Pivec’s Oregon State women’s basketball diary: Giving off the court, getting ready on the court for the 2019-20 season," 7 Nov. 2019 Before the Cheetos, another key part of this recipe is the side dish is cheesy potatoes. Ashley Hoffman, Time, "Incendiary 'Flamin' Hot Cheeto Turkey' Video Has Lit the Internet Ablaze," 2 Nov. 2019 Mason jars, filled with flowers and tiny lights, glowed on the tables, where guests ate pulled pork and potato salad. Corey Morris, The New Yorker, "Waiting for Kanye in Wyoming," 28 Oct. 2019 The tchotchkes, however, although quintessentially Warholian, are the potatoes. Steve Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Andy Warhol 'A to B’ comes to Art Institute Chicago, the first big retrospective in decades," 23 Oct. 2019 Ask for the picadillo filling, though there is potato for the meat-free. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Amá•cita delivers comfort food with a fresh equation: Tex-Cal-Mex," 26 Sep. 2019 On the other side of Wilson Street, known here as Muslim Way, volunteers handed out trays of hot chicken and potato salad. Scott Dance, baltimoresun.com, "With ‘Day of Dignity’ event, Muslim group gives ‘a blessing’ to West Baltimore neighborhood," 21 Sep. 2019 This is the namesake of a popular Belgian restaurant, and the concept is simple -- meatballs stuffed with stuff, and paired with your choice of mashed potatoes and gravy or a watermelon salad. Brittany Gaston, Billboard, "A Definitive Ranking of the Tomorrowland 2019 Food Options," 25 July 2019 Despite its age, the Highland Park institution, famous for its from-scratch matzo and chicken soup, hot reuben sandwiches, potato latkes and more, shows no signs of slowing down. Nancy Ngo, Twin Cities, "St. Paul’s Cecil’s Delicatessen marks 70 years of serving up matzo ball soup, pastrami sandwiches and more," 27 June 2019

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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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The first known use of potato was in 1565

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17 Nov 2019

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“Potato.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/potatoes. Accessed 21 November 2019.

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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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