[ es-kar-goh; English es-kahr-goh ]
/ ɛs karˈgoʊ; English ˌɛs kɑrˈgoʊ /

noun, plural es·car·gots [es-kar-goh; English es-kahr-gohz] /ɛs karˈgoʊ; English ˌɛs kɑrˈgoʊz/. French.

an edible snail.

Nearby words

  1. escapeway,
  2. escapism,
  3. escapist,
  4. escapologist,
  5. escapology,
  6. escarole,
  7. escarp,
  8. escarpment,
  9. escaut,
  10. eschalot Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for escargot

  • As guests nibbled on escargot and lamb chops at the newly renovated Jefferson Hotel, Reagan sought to explain his iconic father.

    Ron Reagan Goes on Defense|Eleanor Clift|January 25, 2011|DAILY BEAST
  • The escargot is found chiefly in the wine countries, especially Burgundy, where it feeds on the leaves of the vine.

    Old and New Paris, v. 2|Henry Sutherland Edwards

British Dictionary definitions for escargot


/ French (ɛskarɡo) /


a variety of edible snail, usually eaten with a sauce made of melted butter and garlic
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Word Origin and History for escargot



"edible snail," 1892, from French escargot, from Old French escargole (14c.), from Provençal escaragol, ultimately from Vulgar Latin *coculium, from classical Latin conchylium "edible shellfish" (see cockle). The form of the word in Provençal and French seems to have been influenced by words related to scarab.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper