sham·​rock | \ ˈsham-ˌräk How to pronounce shamrock (audio) \

Definition of shamrock

: a trifoliolate plant used as a floral emblem by the Irish: such as
a : a yellow-flowered Old World clover (Trifolium dubium) often regarded as the true shamrock

Examples of shamrock in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Duchess of Cambridge wore head-to-toe green and wore a gold Cartier shamrock brooch. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, 17 Mar. 2022 For $2, students and staff were able to purchase a carnation, as well as a paper shamrock to write a message of encouragement for Ukraine. Shirley Macfarland, cleveland, 7 Apr. 2022 For the 11th year in a row, Skyline Chili is going green for the holiday on March 17 only, Skyline Chili is keeping with tradition and will serve the classic 3-Ways, 4-Ways and 5-Ways with shamrock green pasta. Emily Deletter, The Enquirer, 15 Mar. 2022 Melissa Stevens, a 42-year-old Pittsburg resident, sported a green shamrock earring in one ear and a leprechaun hat earring in another ear. Sarah Ravani, San Francisco Chronicle, 12 Mar. 2022 Kate was pictured happily pinning a sprig of shamrock on the dog during the ceremony. Rosa Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 17 Mar. 2022 Kate presents the traditional sprigs of shamrock to officers and guardsmen. Emily Burack, Town & Country, 17 Mar. 2022 One of the most common images associated with St. Patrick, his use of a shamrock to symbolize the Holy Trinity, is based on legend. Alejandro Chafuen, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2022 Soon finding out that turning Lake Michigan green was a bit too much to ask, a group of Chicago plumbers identified the right formula for turning a city river the perfect shamrock shade, and a new holiday tradition was born. Meena Thiruvengadam, Travel + Leisure, 17 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of shamrock

1577, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for shamrock

Irish seamróg, diminutive of seamar clover

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29 Apr 2022

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“Shamrock.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for shamrock


sham·​rock | \ ˈsham-ˌräk How to pronounce shamrock (audio) \

Kids Definition of shamrock

: a plant (as some clovers) that has leaves with three leaflets and is used as an emblem by the Irish

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