shal·lot | \ shə-ˈlät , ˈsha-lət \

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

Examples of shallot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Dinner: leftover jerk chicken and sautéed broccoli rabe with shallots. Julie Mazziotta,, "Daphne Oz Shares an Honest Look at Her 6-Month Postpartum Progress: 'New Week, New Commitment'," 19 June 2018 Among the platitos, a favorite was calabaza asada: grilled butternut squash with crispy shallots in a spicy honey sauce., "Where to eat in Greater Boston," 15 June 2018 This recipe, her second Slow Food Fast contribution, calls for marinating chicken thighs 15 minutes in a blend of olive oil, lemon, thyme and shallots. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "One-Skillet Meal: Lemon-Thyme Chicken Roasted Over Croutons," 31 May 2018 Flash-fried Tuscan kale ($14), dressed up with sweet Saba vinegar and lemon juice, is tossed with pine nuts, shaved shallots and cherry tomatoes. Nevin Martell,, "Where to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner in New Orleans," 26 Apr. 2018 Serve chilled, garnished with the remaining 1 tablespoon shallot and the parsley. San Antonio Express-News, "Recipe: Ceviche with Mango and Black-Eyed Peas," 25 Apr. 2018 Whisk in shallot, oil, vinegar, thyme, orange peel, salt and pepper. Kristine M. Kierzek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "CSAs in flux: Farm subscription models take on new flavors," 5 Mar. 2018 Reminiscent of the stews from Northern Italy, this slow-cook recipe renders veal unbelievably tender and fragrant, as it's cooked in a dry white wine broth with rosemary, shallots and tomatoes. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Italian Veal Stew," 16 Dec. 2013 Stir in chicken, lemons, shallots and pan juices, and simmer 1 minute. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Whatever You Do, Do NOT Tell Ina Garten About Jennifer Garner’s Favorite Soup Hack," 22 May 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'shallot.' 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 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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about shallot

Dictionary Entries near shallot








Statistics for shallot

Last Updated

21 Sep 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for shallot

The first known use of shallot was in 1664

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for shallot



English Language Learners Definition of shallot

: a small type of onion that is used in cooking

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on shallot

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


an open space surrounded by woods

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Food Quiz

Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?


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!