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 Thai Curry Chicken: Red or yellow curry sauce base, cubed chicken breast, crushed peanuts, red onions, cilantro., oregonlive, "Family pizza night is a great time to treat yourself, get rid of stress," 12 May 2020 There were stalls in the market selling bundles of cabbage, calabaza, chayote, onion, carrots and cilantro to make the stew. Los Angeles Times, "A mother shares her food memories of growing up in Mexico," 9 May 2020 Served as a tostada, the shrimp is soaked in lime juice for 12 hours, chopped and then married to fresh onion, tomato and cilantro. cleveland, "Cinco de Mayo food, drink specials from 20 finalists in Greater Cleveland’s Best Mexican Restaurant contest," 4 May 2020 The Caribbean Mother’s Day bundle features a choice of entrée (jerk chicken pasta, seafood paella, or grilled chicken with cilantro crema), salad, and a Chocolate Island dessert. Katie Bowlby, Country Living, "Restaurants Open on Mother's Day 2020 for Delivery or Carryout," 29 Apr. 2020 Other flavor-enhancing salsa ingredients, often referred to as aromatics, include onions, garlic and cilantro. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Raid your pantry for this easy-to-make salsa," 10 Apr. 2020 Cumin seeds, yellow mustard seeds, and coriander seeds (fun fact: the latter grow into cilantro!) are all tagged in to create the complex flavors in this BBQ rub recipe. Karla Walsh, Better Homes & Gardens, "7 BBQ Rub Recipes That Add Big Flavor to Any Meat You Cook," 3 Apr. 2020 Both these items, and many others, come lightly bathed in Marita’s cilantro sauce, which is quite tasty. Amy Drew Thompson,, "Enjoy avocado (and sweet, little lies) at Marita’s Latin Bites | Review," 28 Nov. 2019 Just before serving, stir the chocolate and half the cilantro into the bean stew. Paul Stephen,, "Recipe: Black Bean Stew with Pearl Barley," 15 Apr. 2020

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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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The first known use of cilantro was in 1903

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18 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Cilantro.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of cilantro

US : leaves of the coriander plant that are used in cooking especially in Asian and Mexican food

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