cher·​vil ˈchər-vəl How to pronounce chervil (audio)
: an aromatic herb (Anthriscus cerefolium) of the carrot family with divided leaves that are often used in soups and salads
also : any of several related plants

Examples of chervil in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Plant Grow seedlings of herbs such as chervil, dill, and watercress in well-draining soil in a location that receives four to six hours of sunshine. Deanna Kizis, Sunset Magazine, 14 Aug. 2023 One of the cornerstones of French cuisine, tarragon is featured in bearnaise sauce, a derivative of hollandaise, and is included in the classic mix of fines herbes (alongside parsley, chervil and chives). Aaron Hutcherson, Washington Post, 7 Aug. 2023 McCoy complements the bird with even more herbs via a green goddess dressing that’s packed with chervil, parsley, tarragon, chives and sometimes other leaves that the chef plucks from his own garden. Tim Carman, Washington Post, 17 July 2023 Poisonous plants can look very similar to edible ones: For example, fatal hemlock can closely mimic the leaves of wild chervil (similar to parsley). Kelsey Ogletree, Better Homes & Gardens, 8 June 2023 Stir in olive oil, chervil and parsley., 27 Sep. 2020 Other varieties include beets, Swiss chard, cucumber, sweet pea, endive, savoy, Brussels sprouts, mustards, cauliflower, tatsoi, spinach, kohlrabi, mint, basil, sorrel, cauliflower, arugula, collard, fenugreek, carrot, mizuna, corn, turnip, chervil, celery, scallions, and komatsuna. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, 27 Aug. 2020 Herbs such as coriander, dill, parsley, chives, garlic chives, cilantro, thyme, chervil and comfrey. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, 27 Sep. 2021 Herbs: Anise, basil, bay laurel, borage, cardamom, chervil, chives, coriander, dill, fennel, garlic, lavender, lemon balm, lovage, mint, nasturtium, oregano, rosemary, sage, sweet marjoram, tarragon, thyme and water cress. Tom MacCubbin, Orlando Sentinel, 1 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History


Middle English cherville, from Old English cerfille, from Latin caerefolium, modification of Greek *chairephyllon, from chairein to rejoice + phyllon leaf — more at yearn, blade

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of chervil was before the 12th century

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“Chervil.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2023.

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