Definition of shallot in English:


Syllabification: shal·lot
Pronunciation: /SHəˈlät, ˈSHalət


  • 1A small bulb that resembles an onion and is used for pickling or as a substitute for onion.
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    • Saute until the shells begin to brown and add the onion, shallot, scallions, jalapeño pepper, and garlic.
    • Add the onion, shallot, scallions, fennel, ginger, and garlic and gently sauté until tender, making sure not to brown.
    • Other choices include heavy cropping small tomatoes that don't need pinching out, dwarf beans, leeks, courgettes, spring onions, shallots, garlic and radishes.
  • 2The plant that produces shallots, each mature bulb producing a cluster of smaller bulbs.
    • Allium ascalonicum, family Liliaceae (or Alliaceae)
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    • Fall planted garlic and shallots will develop strong root systems in the fall, spend the winter underground, and then spring up at the earliest signs of the arrival of spring.
    • Happily it's also easy to grow onions, garlic, and their cousins such as chives, leeks, and shallots in home gardens.


mid 17th century: shortening of eschalot, from French eschalotte, alteration of Old French eschaloigne (in Anglo-Norman French scaloun: see scallion).

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