Definition of garlic in US English:



  • 1A strong-smelling pungent-tasting bulb, used as a flavoring in cooking and in herbal medicine.

    • ‘She asks again as the cook starts to prepare the accompanying potato and garlic purée.’
    • ‘We suggest the Pale Ale and, if you're hungry, a loaf of bread and garlic butter.’
    • ‘Her accompanying garlic bread is real bread with a proper crust, spread with freshly prepared garlic butter and chopped parsley.’
    • ‘This is the place for spiced Moroccan lamb meatballs or grilled garlic mushrooms to start.’
    • ‘Use lemon juice to remove fish, garlic and onion odors from utensils, pans, even hands.’
    • ‘Add the cream, garlic olive oil and cod liver oil and fold to combine season, and set aside keeping warm.’
    • ‘Lay a demitasse spoon over the Parmesan powder and fill with garlic chips and parsley.’
    • ‘Between the four of us we ordered two portions of garlic bread, and a portion of dough balls with garlic butter.’
    • ‘The freshly buttered warm garlic toast made a tasty companion to the vegetable soup, and the pasta dishes were spot on.’
    • ‘Then I squeezed a couple of limes into the garlic butter, and threw in a couple of pinches of cayenne pepper.’
    • ‘We were also occasionally served bread slices spread with garlic butter.’
    • ‘The garlic butter in which the mushrooms are cooked will help the flavour of the pastry enormously.’
    • ‘The naan bread should drip with garlic butter, the chicken glisten with chopped coriander and ghee.’
    • ‘If there are too many outside layers of skin on the garlic bulbs, pull them off first.’
    • ‘To start with I would order crayfish with garlic butter, followed by loin of venison.’
    • ‘Put down the pick, pick up the shell, and pour the garlic butter that remains inside onto the bread.’
    • ‘Thai Rice Noodles is dressed in coconut hoisin sauce and garlic chili paste.’
    • ‘Spain is seen as producing some of the world's best-quality garlic bulbs.’
    • ‘Marinade eggplants with olive oil, garlic confit, and add thyme, salt and pepper.’
    • ‘The waitress suggested that I seasoned the food with garlic butter and olive oil, as a true Portuguese would do.’
  • 2The plant, closely related to the onion, that produces this bulb.

    Allium sativum, family Liliaceae (or Alliaceae)

    • ‘Shallots grow similarly to garlic in bulbs with pods covered in reddish brown skin.’
    • ‘The onion family, including garlic and leeks, are good detoxifiers and are also antiseptic and antibacterial.’
    • ‘We also found that high consumption of onions and garlic, the allium family, was protective.’
    • ‘A member of the lily family, asparagus is also related to onions, leeks and garlic.’
    • ‘The family includes many familiar plant friends such as garlic, onion, asparagus tulip.’
    • ‘We picked oregano from the field and gathered garlic, onions, and chilies from the shed.’
    • ‘Southern gardeners can only plant garlic if they know the temperature will dip low enough.’
    • ‘In September, add greens and English peas to the mix, and plant garlic and onions later in the month.’
    • ‘One of the greatest weapons in fighting vampires is a small, common vegetable named the garlic.’
    • ‘Well, so far I've helped with the weeding, laughed at Haydn trying to water the bushes with a holey bucket and planted some garlic.’
    • ‘Onions, garlic and leeks are found to have conflicting images throughout much of the world.’
    • ‘Locations are based on evidence from onion and garlic, and on location of similar enzymes in other plants.’
    • ‘They provide us with asparagus, onion, and garlic, as well as many garden plants, such as daffodils.’
    • ‘In most of the articles I searched, garlic and onions were mentioned as great immune system boosters.’
    • ‘This is the process of bending the tops of bulbing onion and garlic plants to the ground after the leaves wither.’
    • ‘Both garlic and onion contain enzymes that activate the body's natural pain relief chemicals.’
    • ‘In the South and where winters are mild, garlic is planted in November and December.’
    • ‘Good natural sources are barley, garlic, onion, parsley, lettuce and celery.’
    • ‘They also harvest spices, wild onions and garlic in their garden and elsewhere.’
    • ‘There are some winter onions and garlic to make sauces and salads, early lettuces and even the occasional cob of corn.’


Old English gārlēac, from gār ‘spear’ (because the shape of a clove resembles the head of a spear) + lēac ‘leek’.