cilantro

noun
ci·​lan·​tro | \ si-ˈlän-(ˌ)trō How to pronounce cilantro (audio) , -ˈlan- How to pronounce cilantro (audio) \

Definition of cilantro

: leaves of coriander used as a flavoring or garnish also : coriander sense 1

Examples of cilantro in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Add the cilantro and mint, in batches, and blend on high until smooth, being careful not to overblend and heat the sauce, 15 to 30 seconds. Asha Loupy, Washington Post, 7 Aug. 2022 If serving right away, add the cilantro and toss to combine. Ellie Krieger, Washington Post, 14 July 2022 Once your cilantro has bolted (or gone to flower), use the flowers to dress up salads and soups. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, 14 June 2022 Stir in scallions, feta and cilantro and mix well, then add warm corn. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 31 May 2022 In Qin’s building, neighbors bonded over trading Coke for Laoganma hot sauce and lending one another cilantro and scallions. Han Zhang, The New Yorker, 7 June 2022 Glenn Whipp, awards columnist for the Los Angeles Times, host of The Envelope’s Friday newsletter and the guy who’s telling anyone making guacamole not to forget the cilantro. Los Angeles Times, 11 Feb. 2022 Tender morsels of chicken in a velvety green drape of pureed cilantro and cashews add up to a superlative korma, simply streaked with chile oil. Washington Post, 11 Feb. 2022 Top with chips, cheese, onion and cilantro if desired. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 4 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of cilantro

1903, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cilantro

Spanish, coriander, from Medieval Latin celiandrum, alteration of Latin coriandrum — more at coriander

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11 Aug 2022

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

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