: 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 Enjoy a bit of heat with the Crab Curry, where Dungeness crab is steamed with Japanese-style curry, garlic, and shallots. Kelsey Mulvey, Sunset Magazine, 31 Jan. 2024 Add the shallots and garlic and cook, stirring frequently until translucent, about 4 minutes. Jill Wendholt Silva, Kansas City Star, 24 Jan. 2024 Add the peppers and shallots and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Tribune News Service, Hartford Courant, 14 Jan. 2024 How to cook broccoli, cauliflower and other cruciferous vegetables for the best results Creamy Roasted Mushroom Soup This recipe starts with roasting mushrooms and shallots until they are beautifully browned to give the soup more concentrated, layered taste. Aaron Hutcherson, Washington Post, 25 Sep. 2023 The cooking process begins by sauteing some shallots, onions or garlic in a hot fat then adding the rice to coat and toast the rice. Fred Thompson, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 Whisk together lemon juice, capers, parsley, shallots, chile, black pepper, 4 tablespoons of the olive oil and ¼ teaspoon of the salt in a medium bowl. Sabrina Weiss, Peoplemag, 11 Jan. 2024 For example, a roasted fish dish in Northern France would be served with a beurre blanc sauce, but fish on the French-Italian Riviera would arrive at the table in a vierge sauce, made with white balsamic vinegar, shallots, olive oil, tomato concassé and fines herbes. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Jan. 2024 Repeat this process to create layers until all of the potatoes and shallots are in the skillet. Anna Theoktisto, Southern Living, 24 Dec. 2023 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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“Shallot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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