• IPA: /ˈʌnjən/
  • (Canada) IPA: /ˈʌŋjɪn/

onion (plural onions)

  1. A monocotyledonous plant (Allium cepa), allied to garlic, used as vegetable and spice.
  2. The bulb of such a plant.
    • 1962 (quoting 1381 text), Hans Kurath & Sherman M. Kuhn, eds., Middle English Dictionary, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan Press, ISBN 978-0-472-01044-8, page 1242:
      dorrẹ̅, dōrī adj. & n. […] cook. glazed with a yellow substance; pome(s ~, sopes ~. […] 1381 Pegge Cook. Recipes p. 114: For to make Soupys dorry. Nym onyons […] Nym wyn […] toste wyte bred and do yt in dischis, and god Almande mylk.
  3. (uncountable) The genus as a whole.
  4. (obsolete baseball slang) A ball.
  5. (colloquial, chiefly, archaic) A person from Bermuda or of Bermudian descent.
  • (vegetable) violet (UK dialect)
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