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

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Set skillet used to cook shallots over medium heat and add remaining butter. Matthew Kronsberg, WSJ, "The Secret to This Dish's Deep Flavor," 18 Oct. 2018 Reduce temp to medium; add 1 tablespoon oil, then onions and shallot; season with 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, 6 to 8 minutes. Tiffani Thiessen, Good Housekeeping, "Wild Mushroom and Beef Stroganoff," 9 Oct. 2018 Add shallot to skillet and cook, stirring, 2 minutes. Redbook Test Kitchen, Redbook, "Seared Chicken with Cheesy Spinach and Mushrooms," 20 Aug. 2018 In a large bowl, toss together olive oil, salt, pepper, and shallot. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Marinated Tomato and Watermelon Wedges," 25 July 2018 In a medium bowl, whisk the shallot-lemon juice mixture with the remaining ingredients and taste. Sarah Fritsche,, "Recipe: Tawla’s Fattoush," 3 July 2018 And Simone tossed together a basic green salad with her famous (at least in our household) shallot vinaigrette. Adam Rapoport, Bon Appetit, "Hummus Is the Secret to My Weeknight Entertaining," 26 June 2018 Cook, stirring often, for 5 to 6 minutes, until the shallots have begun to soften. Domenica Marchetti, charlotteobserver, "These are 4 of the easiest weeknight pastas you’ll ever find | Charlotte Observer," 22 May 2018 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

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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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English Language Learners Definition of shallot

: a small type of onion that is used in cooking

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