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Princeton's WordNet

  1. onionnoun

    the bulb of an onion plant

  2. onion, onion plant, Allium cepanoun

    bulbous plant having hollow leaves cultivated worldwide for its rounded edible bulb

  3. onionnoun

    an aromatic flavorful vegetable


  1. Onionnoun

    The flavor of an onion.

    Etymology: [F. ognon, fr. L. unio oneness, unity, a single large pearl, an onion. See One, Union.]


  1. onionnoun

    A monocotyledonous plant of genus Allium allied to garlic, used as vegetable and spice.

  2. onionnoun

    The bulb of such a plant.

  3. onionnoun

    The genus as a whole.

  4. onionnoun

    A ball.

  5. onionnoun

    A person from Bermuda or of Bermudian descent.


  1. Onion

    The onion, also known as the bulb onion or common onion, is used as a vegetable and is the most widely cultivated species of the genus Allium. This genus also contains several other species variously referred to as onions and cultivated for food, such as the Japanese bunching onion, Egyptian onion, and Canada onion. The name "wild onion" is applied to a number of Allium species but A. cepa is exclusively known from cultivation and its wild original form is not known. The onion is most frequently a biennial or a perennial plant, but is usually treated as an annual and harvested in its first growing season. The onion plant has a fan of hollow, bluish-green leaves and the bulb at the base of the plant begins to swell when a certain day-length is reached. In the autumn the foliage dies down and the outer layers of the bulb become dry and brittle. The crop is harvested and dried and the onions are ready for use or storage. The crop is prone to attack by a number of pests and diseases, particularly the onion fly, the onion eelworm and various fungi that cause rotting. Some varieties of A. cepa such as shallots and potato onions produce multiple bulbs.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Onion

    un′yun, n. the name given to a few species of genus Allium, esp. Allium cepa, an edible biennial bulbous root.—adj. On′ion-eyed (Shak.), having the eyes full of tears.—n. On′ion-skin, a very thin variety of paper.—adj. On′iony. [Fr. oignon—L. unio, -onisunus, one.]

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. ONION

    The all-round strength champion of the Vegetable Kingdom, garlic and cabbage being close rivals.

Rap Dictionary

  1. onionnoun

    A perfectly rounded ass. "Dat onion booty so nice, it makes me wanna cry"

  2. onionnoun

    An ounce of narcotics.

Editors Contribution

  1. onion

    A type of cultivar, plant and seed.

    The onions grew at the garden very easily.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 18, 2020  

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ONION' in Nouns Frequency: #2655

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ONION in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ONION in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of ONION in a Sentence

  1. Jay Jacobs:

    We should develop our protocols like layers of an onion -- as the threat goes down, you peel off the things that you don't need because you don't have to protect against them, we are really watching the transmission of the virus, and how things are evolving. It is possible that protocols could look different in June if the transmission rates are low. We are preparing for the most challenging and hoping for the most normal.

  2. Alan Watts:

    There is always something taboo, something repressed, un-admitted, or just glimpsed quickly out of the corner of one’s eye because a direct look is too unsettling. Taboos lie within taboos, like the skin of an onion.

  3. Brian Gibbons:

    We do think that we'll see another leg down from here, but when you peel back the onion, we don't think defaults rates will be as bad as some people think, yes, there are about 20-25 names that could be in danger, but we think many of them should be able to muddle through over the next year.

  4. Police Superintendent McCarthy:

    The mayor has made it very clear that he has my back, and if people peel away the onion on what's happening right now in the policing world, you're going to find a police department that's doing an exceptional job.

  5. Jay Hauck:

    Pro-ban supports would like to make it cut and dry, but it’s a very complicated issue, it’s an onion, and you can have to peel away the layers.

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    established or prearranged unalterably
    • A. epidemic
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