cel·​ery ˈse-lə-rē How to pronounce celery (audio)
plural celeries
: 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 Fold in the chicken, celery, green onion and parsley (if using). Robin Miller, The Arizona Republic, 16 May 2024 In this case, a roux is cooked to the color of peanut butter before adding the Louisiana trinity of green bell peppers, onions, and celery. Mitchell Arens, Saveur, 15 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for celery 

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1664, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of celery was in 1664

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“Celery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/celery. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


cel·​ery ˈsel-(ə-)rē How to pronounce celery (audio)
plural celeries
: a European herb related to the carrot and widely grown for the thick edible stems
also : the stems of celery used for food

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