a plant, Allium cepa, of the amaryllis family, having an edible, succulent, pungent bulb.
any of certain similar plants.
the bulb of the onion plant.
the flavor or odor of this bulb.
Slang. a person: He's a tough onion.
containing or cooked with onions: onion soup.
of, relating to, or resembling an onion.
Idioms about onion
know one's onions, Slang. to know one's subject or business thoroughly; be capable or proficient.
- on·ion·like, adjective
- on·ion·y, adjective
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How to use onion in a sentence
There was a certain oniony soup he had tasted there years ago whose flavor had not yet left his memory.A Day's Ride | Charles James Lever
The flower has a faint oniony smell, but fresh like box hedge.The Spirit of Rome | Vernon Lee
Everything was oniony; they finished their repast with a sweet onion-tart!Freaks on the Fells | R.M. Ballantyne
British Dictionary definitions for onion
an alliaceous plant, Allium cepa, having greenish-white flowers: cultivated for its rounded edible bulb
the bulb of this plant, consisting of concentric layers of white succulent leaf bases with a pungent odour and taste
any of several related plants similar to A. cepa, such as A. fistulosum (Welsh onion)
know one's onions British slang to be fully acquainted with a subject
- oniony, adjective
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Other Idioms and Phrases with onion
see know one's stuff (onions).
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