noun, plural po·ta·toes.
Origin of potato
Examples from the Web for potatoes
However, that switch to potatoes occurred around the 19th Century.
Mixing meat and dairy is a kosher rule-breaker, so they switched the cheese for potatoes.
I must have had lamb and potatoes 180 times since I have been here.
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
This breakfast is 100 percent chocolate all the way down to the potatoes.Epic Meal Empire’s Meat Monstrosities: From the Bacon Spider to the Cinnabattleship|Harley Morenstein|July 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It is true that there are sugar and coffee, but no corn, no potatoes, and none of our delicious varieties of fruit.A Woman's Journey Round the World|Ida Pfeiffer
Raw nut butter gives a fine flavor to this pure, cook it with the potatoes and use less or no cream.The Laurel Health Cookery|Evora Bucknum Perkins
Squatting around the glowing coals, they filled their plates with steak, potatoes and generous helpings of carrots.Dan Carter and the River Camp|Mildred A. Wirt
Potatoes were not as yet cultivated in New England, onions were not generally, and tomatoes were looked upon as poisonous.
As she wished to slice them to fry, she rinsed the potatoes, rolled them on a clean cloth to dry them.
British Dictionary definitions for potatoes
noun plural -toes
- a solanaceous plant, Solanum tuberosum, of South America: widely cultivated for its edible tubers
- the starchy oval tuber of this plant, which has a brown or red skin and is cooked and eaten as a vegetable
Word Origin for potato
Word Origin and History for potatoes
1560s, from Spanish patata, from a Carib language of Haiti batata "sweet potato." Sweet potatoes were first to be introduced to Europe; in cultivation in Spain by mid-16c.; in Virginia by 1648. Early 16c. Portuguese traders carried the crop to all their shipping ports and the sweet potato was quickly adopted from Africa to India and Java.
The name later (1590s) was extended to the common white potato, from Peru, which was at first (mistakenly) called Virginia potato, or, because at first it was of minor importance compared to the sweet potato, bastard potato. Spanish invaders in Peru began to use white potatoes as cheap food for sailors 1530s. The first potato from South America reached Pope Paul III in 1540; grown in France at first as an ornamental plant. According to popular tradition, introduced to Ireland 1565 by John Hawkins. Brought to England from Colombia by Sir Thomas Herriot, 1586.
German kartoffel (17c.) is a dissimilation from tartoffel, ultimately from Italian tartufolo (Vulgar Latin *territuberem), originally "truffle." Frederick II forced its cultivation on Prussian peasants in 1743. The French is pomme de terre, literally "earth-apple;" a Swedish dialectal word for "potato" is jordpäron, literally "earth-pear."
Colloquial pronunciation tater is attested in print from 1759. Potato chip (n.) attested from 1879. To drop (something) like a hot potato is from 1824. Children's counting-out rhyme that begins one potato, two potato first recorded 1885 in Canada. Slang potato trap "mouth" attested from 1785.
Idioms and Phrases with potatoes
see hot potato; meat and potatoes; small beer (potatoes).