Definition of carrot in English:


Line breaks: car¦rot
Pronunciation: /ˈkarət


  • 1A tapering orange-coloured root eaten as a vegetable: roast lamb with peas and carrots [mass noun]: grated carrot [as modifier]: carrot cake carrot juice
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    • Besides carrots, other root vegetables include turnips, parsnips, radishes, beets and rutabagas.
    • The accompanying vegetables, peas, carrots and broccoli disappointed a little because they seemed to be overcooked.
    • It came with seasonal vegetables including cauliflower, carrots, new potatoes and sliced courgettes.
  • 2A cultivated plant of the parsley family with feathery leaves, which yields carrots.
    • Daucus carota, family Umbelliferae: two subspecies and many varieties; wild forms lack the swollen root
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    • Once grown, the plants are difficult to transplant because of their long taproots - parsley is in the carrot family.
    • The hand weeding can be combined with thinning in the case of the vegetables that require it, such as lettuce, carrots and Florence fennel.
    • In addition, biennial weeds such as musk thistle, wild carrot, and burdock should be eliminated before establishing forage.
  • 3An offer of something enticing as a means of persuasion (often contrasted with the threat of something punitive or unwelcome): carrots will promote cooperation over the environment far more effectively than sticks Compare with stick1 ( sense 3).
    [with allusion to the proverbial encouragement of a donkey to move by enticing it with a carrot]
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    • We then asked ourselves which approach was actually preferable to persuade them: the carrot or the stick?
    • For juveniles in this category, the Youth Drug Court Program offers both a carrot and a stick.
    • I do support a carrot and a stick approach, in terms of encouraging firstly, more healthy lifestyles and more healthy living.
  • 4 (carrots) • informal , chiefly • derogatory A nickname for a red-haired person: He pulled her red plaits and said in a loud whisper, ‘Carrots! Carrots!’


late 15th century: from French carotte, from Latin carota, from Greek karōton.

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