Definition of potato in US English:

potato

noun

  • 1A starchy plant tuber which 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’
    • ‘He was the perfect host, cooking us all potato soup and rice on a kerosene stove.’
    • ‘More spuds, plus homegrown leeks, red onions and garlic made the potato and leek soup I'll be enjoying for lunch tomorrow.’
    • ‘Avoid fatty and fried foods and stick to starchy foods like rice, potatoes and pasta.’
    • ‘Get your parents to show you how to cook simple things like potatoes, rice and pasta.’
    • ‘Spoon some potatoes and vegetables around the dish and garnish with fried leeks.’
    • ‘Conventional wisdom dictates that starchy foods such as potatoes should give up their sugar slowly into the bloodstream.’
    • ‘We enjoyed a lunch of a potato leek soup topped off with grated Parmesan cheese.’
    • ‘We'll cook roast lamb and potatoes and indulgent desserts and scoff the whole thing ourselves.’
    • ‘Lunch would be stew or steak and kidney pud with potatoes and boiled green vegetables.’
    • ‘These standards mean starchy foods such as bread, potatoes, rice and pasta must not be cooked in oil or fat more than three times a week.’
    • ‘Platters of steamed vegetables and roast potatoes were also served.’
    • ‘Crops including potatoes and vegetables will be grown, together with grass and clover pasture to help build fertility.’
    • ‘Turn everything gently as it cooks, letting the potatoes and onions colour slightly.’
    • ‘Tea was also rationed, but important foods such as bread, potatoes, vegetables, fruit, and fish were not.’
    • ‘For example, pick up a roasted chicken from the deli and cook potatoes and vegetables at home.’
    • ‘Once the potatoes are cooked, drain them, and mash with the butter and salt and pepper.’
    • ‘I have been cooking potatoes in olive oil and then topping them with cheese for years.’
    • ‘Alternatively, the lamb may be cooked with potatoes or rice, the fat cooking out to enrich and flavour the starchy accompaniment.’
    • ‘Place half the leeks on top of potatoes and season with salt and white pepper.’
    • ‘Cook the potatoes in simmering salted water for 20 min or until tender.’
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  • 2The plant of the nightshade family that produces the potato tubers on underground runners.

    Solanum tuberosum, family Solanaceae. It was first cultivated in the Andes about 1,800 years ago and was introduced to Europe in c.1570

    • ‘A draft scheme for the supply of seed oats, wheat, barley, potatoes and fertilisers was put to the council.’
    • ‘The Colorado potato beetle is a pest of mature plants, and often prefers eggplants to potatoes.’
    • ‘People farm corn, manioc, potatoes, beans, and rice for their personal use.’
    • ‘If you plant potatoes in your garden, potatoes will grow - not carrots or daisies.’
    • ‘In spring he ploughed their fields for the planting of potatoes and oats.’
    • ‘In his younger years Paddy went to work at the beet and potatoes harvesting in the English Midlands.’
    • ‘The turnips did fine in ground previously inhabited by beans, beets, lettuce and potatoes.’
    • ‘Yet even cabbages and potatoes are fun to grow, if you grow the right kinds.’
    • ‘As it is, the potato belongs to the botanical family, Solanacea, to which poisonous plants like the nightshade belong.’
    • ‘Winter and spring cereals, potatoes and sugar beet are grown, while cattle graze old pastures and hay is made on ancient hay meadows.’
    • ‘For the same reason, avoid planting your runners in soil that has been used for growing potatoes the previous year.’
    • ‘She is out with her son planting potatoes on the family farm.’
    • ‘Tomatoes are apart of the nightshade family, which include potatoes and eggplants.’
    • ‘By the end of May, the oats, corn, and beans were all well above the ground and the potatoes were on their way.’
    • ‘So we're talking really about wheat, cow's milk, and the potato family.’
    • ‘The most commonly cultivated crops are grains, fodder, sugar beets, rape, potatoes, and hops.’
    • ‘As well as radishes, they plant carrots and sometimes potatoes.’
    • ‘The agricultural products are dairy and beef products, pork, poultry, potatoes, and flax.’
    • ‘The main agricultural products are grains, sugar beet, and potatoes.’
    • ‘Those have been for a variety of organisms, including potatoes, cattle, and petunias.’

Origin

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.

Pronunciation

potato

/pəˈteɪdoʊ//pəˈtādō/