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 Its members use the shamrock as a symbol, but also sport swastika tattoos and other Nazi symbolism. Nate Gartrell, The Mercury News, "Newsom allows famous Aryan Brotherhood dropout, convicted of two murders, to be paroled," 24 Aug. 2019 As Hello! magazine reports, Kate handed out shamrocks at the parade to officers and warrant officers in the Irish Guards, a tradition started in 1901 by Queen Alexandra, who was married to Edward VII. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Celebrates St. Patrick's Day 2019 in a Custom Alexander McQueen Coat," 17 Mar. 2019 Thumping through it with a spoon reveals perfectly cooked shrimp floating in shamrock-green sauce. The Economist, "The apotheosis of Chinese cuisine in America," 18 Dec. 2019 But that’s waning, with a greater diversity of brewpubs suddenly overtaking what had been the mainstay of shamrock-loving patrons for years. David Migoya, The Denver Post, "Is it the last call for Irish pubs around Denver?," 29 Nov. 2019 Blute said, pointing to a tombstone that still needed shamrocks emblazoned on top. Jessica Rinaldi,, "Neighbors working together after tornado on Cape Cod," 24 July 2019 Our city flag and logo prominently feature shamrocks. Dean Wallace, The Mercury News, "Opinion: How two Dublins ended up flying the flag of LGBTQ Pride," 25 June 2019 Along the way it is marked by haphazardly painted shamrock-green arrows (that often look just like blobs of paint) on trees or rocks. Dina Mishev, Washington Post, "Hiking Spain’s luminous Lighthouse Way," 7 June 2019 Its symbol is the shamrock, though its members are also known to display swastika tattoos and other Nazi symbols. Nate Gartrell, The Mercury News, "Feds announce massive California bust of notorious Aryan Brotherhood prison gang," 6 June 2019

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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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The first known use of shamrock was in 1577

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4 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Shamrock.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of shamrock

: a small plant with three leaves on each stem that is the national symbol of Ireland


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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