ci·​lan·​tro si-ˈlän-(ˌ)trō How to pronounce cilantro (audio) -ˈlan- How to pronounce cilantro (audio)
: leaves of coriander used as a flavoring or garnish

Examples of cilantro in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Garnish with a drizzle of the salsa macha, onion rings, limes, avocado, cherry tomatoes and cilantro and serve. Kate Bradshaw, The Mercury News, 2 Feb. 2024 Meanwhile, stir together crab, cilantro, carrot, lemon juice, Sriracha and salt in a medium bowl to combine. Sabrina Weiss, Peoplemag, 2 Feb. 2024 The bread encases grilled beef, pickled vegetables, cucumber, jalapenos, cilantro and butter. Brianna Taylor, Sacramento Bee, 30 Jan. 2024 Pico de gallo 2 small plum tomatoes, diced 1 tablespoon cilantro, minced 1 teaspoon cumin 2 tablespoons lime juice 1/4 small yellow or white onion, minced 1/2 teaspoon salt Chile flakes, to taste Mix all ingredients together in stainless steel bowl. Nina Lincoff, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 Garnish with cilantro and remaining scallions, and drizzle with remaining sauce. Melissa Clark, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Jan. 2024 Consider an herb garden of dill, basil, oregano, cilantro, and parsley. Michelle Ullman, Better Homes & Gardens, 5 Jan. 2024 The nachos are topped with pickled jalapenos, pico de gallo, lime crema and cilantro. Linda Zavoral, The Mercury News, 8 Jan. 2024 Don't skip the fresh toppings like avocado and cilantro. Mary Shannon Wells, Southern Living, 8 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1903, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cilantro was in 1903

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“Cilantro.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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