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[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
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  • Chop capers, garlic and shallot finely and add to bowl.
  • Cook one-half teaspoon finely chopped shallot in one tablespoon tarragon vinegar five minutes.
  • The slight acidity in the shallot oil helps balance the dish.
  • Heat the olive oil in a large, heavy nonstick skillet or saucepan over medium heat, and add the shallot.
  • Let the chicken sear undisturbed for one minute, then add the shallot, garlic and remaining ginger.
  • Or cook minced shallot or onion in the butter until translucent.
  • On the plate with it were three small ramekins of garlic aioli, shallot marmalade and ketchup.
  • In a thick-bottomed saucepan heat the olive oil and add the shallot and carrot.
British Dictionary definitions for shallot


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
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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