[ shal-uh t, shuh-lot ]
/ ˈʃæl ət, ʃəˈlɒt /


a plant, Allium cepa aggregatum (or A. ascalonicum), related to the onion, having a divided bulb used for flavoring in cookery.
the bulb of this plant.

Origin of shallot

1655–65; aphetic variant of earlier eschalot < French échalote, diminutive of Middle French eschaloigne scallion Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for shallot


/ (ʃəˈlɒt) /


Also called: scallion an alliaceous plant, Allium ascalonicum, cultivated for its edible bulb
the bulb of this plant, which divides into small sections and is used in cooking for flavouring and as a vegetable

Word Origin for shallot

C17: from Old French eschalotte, from Old French eschaloigne, from Latin Ascalōnia caepa Ascalonian onion, from Ascalon, a Palestinian town
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Word Origin and History for shallot



"small onion," 1660s, shortened from eschalot, from French échalote, from Middle French eschalotte, from Old French eschaloigne, from Vulgar Latin *escalonia (see scallion).

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