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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uhn-yuh n]
    • /ˈʌn yən/
    • /ˈʌnjən/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uhn-yuh n]
    • /ˈʌn yən/

Definitions of onion word

  • noun onion a plant, Allium cepa, of the amaryllis family, having an edible, succulent, pungent bulb. 1
  • noun onion any of certain similar plants. 1
  • noun onion the bulb of the onion plant. 1
  • noun onion the flavor or odor of this bulb. 1
  • noun onion Slang. a person: He's a tough onion. 1
  • adjective onion containing or cooked with onions: onion soup. 1

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Origin of onion

First appearance:

before 1325
One of the 16% oldest English words
1325-75; Middle English onyon < Old French oignon < Latin ūniōn- (stem of ūniō) a unity, large pearl, onion; see union

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Parts of speech for Onion


onion popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 89% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

onion usage trend in Literature

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