Definition of shallot in English:



  • 1A small bulb which resembles an onion and is used for pickling or as a substitute for onion.

    • ‘They are known as spring or scallion onions, not shallots.’
    • ‘Add the shallot and onion and cook until translucent.’
    • ‘For the dressing, combine the olive oil, red wine vinegar, shallots, mint leaves, salt and pepper in a large bowl.’
    • ‘Other choices include heavy cropping small tomatoes that don't need pinching out, dwarf beans, leeks, courgettes, spring onions, shallots, garlic and radishes.’
    • ‘He prepares what he proudly declares is French seaweed in a traditional French manner: sweating it in butter with onion and shallots.’
    • ‘One of the best is quercetin, which is found in yellow and red onions, squash, shallots, courgettes and broccoli and blue-green algae.’
    • ‘Meanwhile peel and chop the onions or shallots and let them cook slowly in a heavy-based pan with a couple of tablespoons of olive oil.’
    • ‘She says more research needs to be done, but the study suggests that adding just a handful of scallions, shallots, or onions or a few cloves of garlic to your food every day provides the benefit.’
    • ‘Add the Maui onions, red onions, shallots, and garlic and sauté until very tender, about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.’
    • ‘Peel and chop the onion, the shallot and the garlic clove.’
    • ‘Saute until the shells begin to brown and add the onion, shallot, scallions, jalapeño pepper, and garlic.’
    • ‘Add the shallots and onions and sauté until translucent, about five minutes.’
    • ‘I went around and bought some basic ingredients for steaming clams… garlic, shallots, onions, lemon and parsley.’
    • ‘Add the onion, shallot, scallions, fennel, ginger, and garlic and gently sauté until tender, making sure not to brown.’
    • ‘Add shallots, soy beans and tarragon, then whisk in butter and season.’
    • ‘For the tuna, in a medium bowl, combine the tuna, shallots, onion, capers, the Dijon mustard, and rice wine vinegar, and toss to coat.’
    • ‘Just as it starts to smoke, add onions and shallots.’
    • ‘Among the other ingredients which go well with animal livers are bacon, oatmeal, sour cream, sharp apples, onions, shallots, garlic, marjoram, and sage.’
    • ‘Add the onions, celery, leeks, shallots, black pepper, and thyme and sauté until translucent.’
    • ‘On top of this was a mélange of red pepper, sun-dried tomatoes, onion, shallots, and parsley.’
  • 2The plant which produces shallots, each mature bulb producing a cluster of smaller bulbs.

    Allium ascalonicum, family Liliaceae (or Alliaceae)

    • ‘Happily it's also easy to grow onions, garlic, and their cousins such as chives, leeks, and shallots in home gardens.’
    • ‘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.’


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