: 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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Add the shallot and crush the rosemary to release its oil and drop it into the pot. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, 28 Nov. 2022 Add the shallot and garlic and saute, stirring occasionally, until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Emily Heil, Washington Post, 22 Nov. 2022 Stir together lime juice, shallot, garlic and ¼ teaspoon salt in a small bowl. People Staff,, 30 July 2022 Ingredients ¾ cup unsalted butter softened, divided 8 uncooked bacon slices, finely chopped 1 large shallot, finely chopped 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce ½ tablespoon black pepper plus ⅛ tsp. People Staff,, 1 Aug. 2022 On the side, there’s a ramekin of shallot, garlic and herb butter seasoned with garam masala. Jenn Harriscolumnist, Los Angeles Times, 26 Sep. 2022 Make the pesto by pounding together the greens, onion or shallot, and sunflower seeds with a mortar and pestle, or by mixing in a food processor with a steel blade. The Editors, Outside Online, 23 June 2022 Using a spoon, scoop the shallot out of the vinegar and add it to the large bowl. G. Daniela Galarza, Washington Post, 4 Aug. 2022 Off heat, add butter to pasta, then stir in shallot-garlic mixture, fried zucchini, lemon zest and basil. Odette Williams, WSJ, 12 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1664, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of shallot was in 1664

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Cite this Entry

“Shallot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

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