Definition for onions (2 of 2)
Origin of onion
Examples from the Web for onions
On busier roads, elderly, scarved women sat by piles of potatoes and onions hoping forlornly for a sale.As the Key Battle Looms, a Report from Ukraine's Front Lines|Jamie Dettmer|August 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The salmon is presented atop a mound of sautéed vegetables: mushrooms, peppers, squash, onions, leafy greens, and herbs.Spaghetti for Breakfast?! Not So Crazy at This Idaho Farm Café|Jane & Michael Stern|August 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions—on a sesame seed bun.Have We Reached ‘Peak Burger’? The Crazy Fetishization of Our Most Basic Comfort Food|Brandon Presser|July 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He uses a spatula to flatten the onions and the meat together, creating a broad circular patty with an uneven edge.
In El Reno, when you order a hamburger, an onion-fried burger is assumed, unless you instruct the cook to leave the onions out.
Cut the fish into large pieces, and lay part of it on the pork and onions.Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches|Eliza Leslie
Put back the rings of onions into this, and let them simmer gently.Cassell's Vegetarian Cookery|A. G. Payne
Other products are sesame, cotton, cucumbers, water-melons and onions.
The flat but narrow leaves of Jonquils, Daffodils, and the cylindrical leaf of Onions are other instances.The Elements of Botany|Asa Gray
Potatoes were not as yet cultivated in New England, onions were not generally, and tomatoes were looked upon as poisonous.
British Dictionary definitions for onions (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for onions (2 of 2)
Word Origin for onion
Word Origin and History for onions
early 12c., from Anglo-French union, Old French oignon "onion" (formerly also oingnon), and directly from Latin unionem (nominative unio), colloquial rustic Roman for "a kind of onion," also "pearl" (via notion of a string of onions), literally "one, unity;" sense connection is the successive layers of an onion, in contrast with garlic or cloves.
Old English had ynne (in ynne-leac), from the same Latin source, which also produced Irish inniun, Welsh wynwyn and similar words in Germanic. In Dutch, the ending in -n was mistaken for a plural inflection and new singular ui formed. The usual Indo-European name is represented by Greek kromion, Irish crem, Welsh craf, Old English hramsa, Lithuanian kremuse.
The usual Latin word was cepa, a loan from an unknown language; it is the source of Old French cive, Old English cipe, and, via Late Latin diminutive cepulla, Italian cipolla, Spanish cebolla, Polish cebula. German Zwiebel also is from this source, but altered by folk etymology in Old High German (zwibolla) from words for "two" and "ball." Onion ring is attested from 1952.
Onion dome attested from 1956; onion grass from 1883; onion skin as a type of paper from 1892. Onions, the surname, is attested from mid-12c. (Ennian), from Old Welsh Enniaun, ultimately from Latin Annianus, which was associated with Welsh einion "anvil."
Idioms and Phrases with onions
see know one's stuff (onions).