cel·​ery | \ ˈse-lə-rē How to pronounce celery (audio) , ˈsel-rē \
plural celeries

Definition of celery

: a European herb (Apium graveolens) of the carrot family specifically : one of a cultivated variety (A. graveolens dulce) with leafstalks eaten raw or cooked

Examples of celery in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For example, to help extend your grocery dollars, choose apples over berries or carrots or celery over leafy greens. Amy Fischer Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, 22 July 2022 Summertime calls for raspberries, strawberries, cherries and grapes, while carrots and celery go well with winter. Samantha Chery, Washington Post, 12 July 2022 Add onions, carrots and celery, and sauté until onions are translucent and softened, about 5 minutes. Adina Steiman, WSJ, 4 May 2022 Both dashi and Western stock are liquids made by drawing flavor from their component solid materials (including proteins, and aromatic vegetables like onions, carrots and celery). San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Feb. 2022 Add the onions, carrots, and celery and stir continually for about 20 minutes. Beth Segal, cleveland, 11 Feb. 2022 Pantry-hero tuna tastes especially fresh with Genevieve’s additions of celery and parsley. New York Times, 20 July 2022 This recipe gets an elegant upgrade with the addition of fennel, an aromatic veggie with a licorice-like flavor and crunch that reminds you of celery. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 25 Apr. 2022 Bring to a simmer over medium heat and add the remaining 1/2 cup of each celery, carrots and leeks. Washington Post, 10 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of celery

1664, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for celery

borrowed from French céleri (17th-century celeris, sceleri, Middle French scellerin), borrowed from an Upper Italian form (as Ligurian sèlarʼu, Lombard sèleri), altered from Vulgar Latin *selinum (Late Latin selīnon), borrowed from Greek sélīnon, perhaps from a pre-Greek substratal language

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13 Aug 2022

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“Celery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/celery. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for celery


cel·​ery | \ ˈse-lə-rē How to pronounce celery (audio) , ˈsel-rē \

Kids Definition of celery

: a vegetable that has crisp light green leafstalks that are eaten raw or cooked

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