shal·​lot | \ shə-ˈlät How to pronounce shallot (audio) , ˈsha-lət How to pronounce shallot (audio) \

Definition of shallot

1 : a bulbous perennial onion (Allium cepa aggregatum) that produces small clustered bulbs which resemble those of garlic and are used in seasoning also : its bulb

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Recent Examples on the Web Set a fine-mesh strainer over a clean jar and pour the oil through, making sure to catch all the garlic and shallot pieces. Washington Post, 22 Aug. 2021 Bake on oven rack 40 to 60 minutes or until tender. Béarnaise Sauce: For tarragon vinegar, in small bowl, combine vinegar, shallot, and tarragon. Krissa Rossbund, Better Homes & Gardens, 30 July 2021 French gray shallots are smaller and harder to peel than other varieties, but milder, too, and preferred by certain shallot aficionados who prize their subtlety. New York Times, 17 May 2021 Spread zucchini and shallot mixture on a baking sheet in a thin layer. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 10 May 2021 Echalions, also called banana or torpedo shallots, are actually a different onion cultivar, with a less nuanced flavor that’s more like a red onion than a true shallot. New York Times, 17 May 2021 Many don’t use a shallot, but to me that flavor is key. Julia O'malley, Anchorage Daily News, 15 Apr. 2021 Add the shallot and fry, stirring, until translucent and starting to brown, 3-5 minutes. Janelle Bitker, San Francisco Chronicle, 8 July 2021 Add the shallot and cook, stirring often, for 2 minutes., 22 June 2021

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First Known Use of shallot

1664, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for shallot

modification of French échalote, from Middle French eschalotte, alteration of eschaloigne, from Vulgar Latin *escalonia — more at scallion

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“Shallot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of shallot

: a small type of onion that is used in cooking

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