Adjective "leek" definition and examples

(Leek may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


A plant related to the onion, with flat overlapping leaves forming an elongated cylindrical bulb which together with the leaf bases is eaten as a vegetable. It is used as a Welsh national emblem.
  1. 'Slice the carrots, leeks and celery and add to the pot with the parsley stalks and bay leaves, salt and pepper.'
  2. 'Add more oil to the pan and cook the onion, carrot, leeks and celery gently till soft.'
  3. 'Onions and leeks were cultivated as flavourings and wild garlic may have been used.'
  4. 'Horrified, he relates how he was given goat stuffed with onions, garlic, and leeks, swimming in fish sauce.'
  5. 'Onions, garlic and leeks are found to have conflicting images throughout much of the world.'
  6. 'To make the sauce, heat the remaining butter and oil and cook the leeks, garlic, salt and pepper for 5 minutes until soft.'
  7. 'Tip the leeks into the cauliflower and potato mixture and simmer for 5 minutes.'
  8. 'At home we grow sweetcorn, beans, tomatoes, carrots, lettuce, garlic and leeks.'
  9. 'Asparagus is a member of the lily family and closely related to onions and leeks.'
  10. 'Dishes in olive oil included stuffed vine leaves, cabbage and artichokes, leeks and spinach boranaki.'

More definitions

1. a plant, Allium ampeloprasum, of the amaryllis family, allied to the onion, having a cylindrical bulb and leaves used in cookery.

2. any of various allied species.

More examples(as adjective)

"protesters can be leek."

"governments can be leek."


Old English lēac, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch look and German Lauch.