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 Mix the celery, mayonnaise, onion, parsley, mustard, lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon salt and a pinch of pepper together in a large bowl. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 3 June 2021 Once the chicken is removed from the broth, increase the heat to medium-high and add the carrot, celery, leeks, thyme, red pepper flakes (if using) and the remaining salt and cook until the vegetables have softened, about 10 minutes. Washington Post, 11 May 2021 Some include celery, onion and seasoning, and some rely on the flavor of the tomato alone. Laura Wheatman Hill, chicagotribune.com, 18 Mar. 2021 Add carrots, celery, and onion and cook, covered, stirring occasionally, 6 minutes. Kate Merker, Woman's Day, 1 Mar. 2021 Natural diuretics—think: celery, cucumbers, watermelon, tomatoes, asparagus, lemon juice, and garlic—can help reduce bloating and swelling. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, 20 Feb. 2021 Minari, a hardy edible plant that grows on the edges of ponds and rivers in Asia, is known by many other names: Chinese celery, Indian pennywort, Japanese parsley. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 9 Feb. 2021 This light and healthy recipe is similar to a classic chicken and rice soup, with celery, onion and of course chicken, but includes some unexpected ingredients like fresh dill and leeks. Kate Merker, Good Housekeeping, 6 Jan. 2021 Cool and stir in cranberries, pineapple, celery and pecans. Mary Colurso | Mcolurso@al.com, al, 29 May 2021

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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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“Celery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/celery. Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of celery

: a vegetable that is grown for its long light green stems


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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