scal·​lion ˈskal-yən How to pronounce scallion (audio)
: leek
: an onion forming a thick basal portion without a bulb
also : green onion

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Step 3Meanwhile, in large bowl, combine horseradish, Dijon, scallion whites, and remaining 2 tablespoons lemon juice and 2 tablespoons oil. Tina Martinez, Good Housekeeping, 10 Mar. 2023 Return the skillet to medium-high and add the scallion whites and the garlic. Christopher Kimball, USA TODAY, 23 Jan. 2023 For the sauce Make the broth: In a 4- to 5-quart pot over high heat, combine the water, chicken, garlic, ginger, scallion whites, salt and pepper, if using, and bring to a boil. Ann Maloney, Washington Post, 10 Jan. 2023 Add scallion whites, garlic, and jalapeño. Charlyne Mattox, Country Living, 18 Oct. 2021 Topped with a dill and scallion butter pan sauce. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, The Arizona Republic, 10 Nov. 2020 Add remaining 6 cups baby kale, parsley, and mint leaves, scallion greens, and 1/2 tsp salt and toss. Kate Merker, Good Housekeeping, 17 Feb. 2023 The West Loop Mediterranean restaurant will serves Parmesan, potato and Brussels sprout latkes with scallion crema and applesauce as a dine-in special Dec. 18-26. Samantha Nelson, Chicago Tribune, 13 Dec. 2022 Rolls include specialties like Michael’s Negitoro with bluefin fatty tuna, scallion, uni and ikura; Ken’s with shrimp tempura and spicy tuna; the spider with soft shell crab and more. Chelsea Davis, Forbes, 10 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“Scallion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Apr. 2023.

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