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potato Syllabification: po·ta·to
Pronunciation: /pəˈtādō/

Definition of potato in English:

noun (plural potatoes)

1A starchy plant tuber that is one of the most important food crops, cooked and eaten as a vegetable: roasted potatoes the meal comes with rice or potato [as modifier]: leek and potato soup
More example sentences
  • Avoid fatty and fried foods and stick to starchy foods like rice, potatoes and pasta.
  • Conventional wisdom dictates that starchy foods such as potatoes should give up their sugar slowly into the bloodstream.
  • Alternatively, the lamb may be cooked with potatoes or rice, the fat cooking out to enrich and flavour the starchy accompaniment.
1.1 see sweet potato.
2The plant of the nightshade family that produces the potato tubers on underground runners.
Example sentences
  • The turnips did fine in ground previously inhabited by beans, beets, lettuce and potatoes.
  • She is out with her son planting potatoes on the family farm.
  • Tomatoes are apart of the nightshade family, which include potatoes and eggplants.


Mid 16th century: from Spanish patata, variant of Taino batata 'sweet potato'. The English word originally denoted the sweet potato and gained its current sense in the late 16th century.

  • ‘Let the sky rain potatoes’, says Falstaff in Shakespeare's play The Merry Wives of Windsor. A bizarre wish, you would think, until you know that he is referring to sweet potatoes, believed in the 16th and 17th centuries to have aphrodisiac qualities. Falstaff is in fact praying for erotic prowess. The first vegetable referred to as a potato in English was the sweet potato, introduced to Europe before the common white potato that we are most familiar with today. By the late 16th century, when white potatoes had appeared in England from America, the word was being applied to the new arrival. It comes from Spanish patata, a variant of an old Caribbean word batata ‘sweet potato’. See also crisp

Words that rhyme with potato

Cato, Plato

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