Definition of shallot in US 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 onions, celery, leeks, shallots, black pepper, and thyme and sauté until translucent.’
    • ‘Peel and chop the onion, the shallot and the garlic clove.’
    • ‘Add the Maui onions, red onions, shallots, and garlic and sauté until very tender, about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.’
    • ‘I went around and bought some basic ingredients for steaming clams… garlic, shallots, onions, lemon and parsley.’
    • ‘Saute until the shells begin to brown and add the onion, shallot, scallions, jalapeño pepper, and garlic.’
    • ‘He prepares what he proudly declares is French seaweed in a traditional French manner: sweating it in butter with onion and shallots.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Other choices include heavy cropping small tomatoes that don't need pinching out, dwarf beans, leeks, courgettes, spring onions, shallots, garlic and radishes.’
    • ‘For the tuna, in a medium bowl, combine the tuna, shallots, onion, capers, the Dijon mustard, and rice wine vinegar, and toss to coat.’
    • ‘Among the other ingredients which go well with animal livers are bacon, oatmeal, sour cream, sharp apples, onions, shallots, garlic, marjoram, and sage.’
    • ‘On top of this was a mélange of red pepper, sun-dried tomatoes, onion, shallots, and parsley.’
    • ‘Add shallots, soy beans and tarragon, then whisk in butter and season.’
    • ‘Just as it starts to smoke, add onions and shallots.’
    • ‘For the dressing, combine the olive oil, red wine vinegar, shallots, mint leaves, salt and pepper in a large bowl.’
    • ‘Add the shallot and onion and cook until translucent.’
    • ‘Add the onion, shallot, scallions, fennel, ginger, and garlic and gently sauté until tender, making sure not to brown.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Add the shallots and onions and sauté until translucent, about five minutes.’
  • 2The plant which produces shallots, each mature bulb producing a cluster of smaller bulbs.

    Allium ascalonicum, family Liliaceae (or Alliaceae)

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


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