scal·​lion | \ ˈskal-yən How to pronounce scallion (audio) \

Definition of scallion

1 : shallot
2 : leek
3 : an onion forming a thick basal portion without a bulb also : green onion

Examples of scallion in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Families set out to gather the greens, then toss them with pert young scallions, vinegar and sometimes a shot of sweet sorghum syrup or honey. Louisa Shafia, WSJ, "America’s Most Satisfying Salad," 27 Sep. 2018 In a large bowl, combine pork, panko, egg, scallion whites, cilantro, half of ginger, two-thirds of garlic, and . Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Asian Noodles and Meatballs," 16 Aug. 2018 Layer half of the potatoes and half of the scallions in prepared baking dish. Teri Mena, sacbee, "Here’s a cheesy and easy option," 3 July 2018 Transfer to a large bowl, along with the carrots, the scallion whites and the tofu. Emily Horton, charlotteobserver, "Four steps to making a great grain salad, every time," 19 June 2018 Add onion, scallion whites, bell pepper, celery, and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are soft, 6–8 minutes. Bon Appetit, "Dirty Rice with Black-Eyed Peas and Scallions," 19 Mar. 2018 Toss with 2 tsp each chopped scallion and sundried tomato, squeeze of lemon juice, 1 tsp olive oil, salt, and pepper. Redbook, "The Foodie Cleanse: Day 6," 6 Jan. 2014 Meanwhile, in a bowl, toss shrimp, scallions, garlic, and chile with wine, lemon juice, and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Redbook Test Kitchen, Redbook, "Roasted Shrimp Scampi," 20 Aug. 2018 Also look for arugula, scallions, rhubarb and fresh basil. Steve Edwards, Anchorage Daily News, "Fresh seafood, new vendors are cropping up at Anchorage markets," 13 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'scallion.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of scallion

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for scallion

Middle English scaloun, from Anglo-French scalun, escaloin, from Vulgar Latin *escalonia, from Latin ascalonia (caepa) onion of Ascalon, from feminine of ascalonius of Ascalon, from Ascalon-, Ascalo Ascalon, seaport in ancient Palestine

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about scallion

Dictionary Entries near scallion







scallop budding

Statistics for scallion

Last Updated

24 Feb 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for scallion

The first known use of scallion was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on scallion

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with scallion

Spanish Central: Translation of scallion

Nglish: Translation of scallion for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of scallion for Arabic Speakers

Comments on scallion

What made you want to look up scallion? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


the way words of a language are spelled

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

A Green Quiz

  • shamrock
  • What is the best definition of green-eyed monster?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!