Definition of garlic in English:


Pronunciation /ˈɡärlik/ /ˈɡɑrlɪk/

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  • 1A strong-smelling pungent-tasting bulb, used as a flavoring in cooking and in herbal medicine.

    as modifier ‘garlic butter’
    • ‘Thai Rice Noodles is dressed in coconut hoisin sauce and garlic chili paste.’
    • ‘We were also occasionally served bread slices spread with garlic butter.’
    • ‘The garlic butter in which the mushrooms are cooked will help the flavour of the pastry enormously.’
    • ‘Marinade eggplants with olive oil, garlic confit, and add thyme, salt and pepper.’
    • ‘If there are too many outside layers of skin on the garlic bulbs, pull them off first.’
    • ‘The waitress suggested that I seasoned the food with garlic butter and olive oil, as a true Portuguese would do.’
    • ‘She asks again as the cook starts to prepare the accompanying potato and garlic purée.’
    • ‘We suggest the Pale Ale and, if you're hungry, a loaf of bread and garlic butter.’
    • ‘The naan bread should drip with garlic butter, the chicken glisten with chopped coriander and ghee.’
    • ‘Lay a demitasse spoon over the Parmesan powder and fill with garlic chips and parsley.’
    • ‘Her accompanying garlic bread is real bread with a proper crust, spread with freshly prepared garlic butter and chopped parsley.’
    • ‘Spain is seen as producing some of the world's best-quality garlic bulbs.’
    • ‘Put down the pick, pick up the shell, and pour the garlic butter that remains inside onto the bread.’
    • ‘Then I squeezed a couple of limes into the garlic butter, and threw in a couple of pinches of cayenne pepper.’
    • ‘To start with I would order crayfish with garlic butter, followed by loin of venison.’
    • ‘Add the cream, garlic olive oil and cod liver oil and fold to combine season, and set aside keeping warm.’
    • ‘The freshly buttered warm garlic toast made a tasty companion to the vegetable soup, and the pasta dishes were spot on.’
    • ‘Between the four of us we ordered two portions of garlic bread, and a portion of dough balls with garlic butter.’
    • ‘This is the place for spiced Moroccan lamb meatballs or grilled garlic mushrooms to start.’
    • ‘Use lemon juice to remove fish, garlic and onion odors from utensils, pans, even hands.’
  • 2The plant, closely related to the onion, that produces this bulb.

    Allium sativum, family Liliaceae (or Alliaceae)

    ‘The family includes many familiar plant friends such as garlic, onion, asparagus tulip.’
    • ‘A member of the lily family, asparagus is also related to onions, leeks and garlic.’
    • ‘We also found that high consumption of onions and garlic, the allium family, was protective.’
    • ‘In September, add greens and English peas to the mix, and plant garlic and onions later in the month.’
    • ‘Good natural sources are barley, garlic, onion, parsley, lettuce and celery.’
    • ‘This is the process of bending the tops of bulbing onion and garlic plants to the ground after the leaves wither.’
    • ‘They provide us with asparagus, onion, and garlic, as well as many garden plants, such as daffodils.’
    • ‘Locations are based on evidence from onion and garlic, and on location of similar enzymes in other plants.’
    • ‘The onion family, including garlic and leeks, are good detoxifiers and are also antiseptic and antibacterial.’
    • ‘Onions, garlic and leeks are found to have conflicting images throughout much of the world.’
    • ‘There are some winter onions and garlic to make sauces and salads, early lettuces and even the occasional cob of corn.’
    • ‘We picked oregano from the field and gathered garlic, onions, and chilies from the shed.’
    • ‘Southern gardeners can only plant garlic if they know the temperature will dip low enough.’
    • ‘In the South and where winters are mild, garlic is planted in November and December.’
    • ‘They also harvest spices, wild onions and garlic in their garden and elsewhere.’
    • ‘In most of the articles I searched, garlic and onions were mentioned as great immune system boosters.’
    • ‘Both garlic and onion contain enzymes that activate the body's natural pain relief chemicals.’
    • ‘Shallots grow similarly to garlic in bulbs with pods covered in reddish brown skin.’
    • ‘Well, so far I've helped with the weeding, laughed at Haydn trying to water the bushes with a holey bucket and planted some garlic.’
    • ‘One of the greatest weapons in fighting vampires is a small, common vegetable named the garlic.’


Old English gārlēac, from gār ‘spear’ (because the shape of a clove resembles the head of a spear) + lēac ‘leek’.