Definition of garlic in English:



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

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

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