pars·​ley | \ ˈpär-slē How to pronounce parsley (audio) \

Definition of parsley

: a European biennial herb (Petroselinum crispum) of the carrot family widely grown for its finely dissected curly or flat leaves which are used as an herb or garnish also : the leaves

Examples of parsley in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Stir in parsley and divide into 4 shallow serving bowls. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 26 Apr. 2022 Off heat, add the Parmesan, parsley and remaining 1 tablespoon butter, then stir until the butter melts. Christopher Kimball, USA TODAY, 19 Apr. 2022 Though the fillets are separated by a neat line of ajillo, a zingy condiment of parsley and garlic, each bite brings them together in perfect harmony. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, 1 Apr. 2022 Kisir is a salad made from fine bulgur wheat, tomatoes, garlic, parsley and mint. Lisa Morrow, CNN, 25 Mar. 2022 In a small bowl of food processor or mini-processor, combine the parsley, shallot, mustard, lemon juice and 1/8 teaspoon each, salt and pepper, and pulse until finely chopped. Washington Post, 13 Jan. 2022 In a food processor, combine the parsley, olive oil, garlic, lemon rind and juice, capers, mustard, anchovy, red pepper, and a generous pinch each of salt and black pepper., 19 Oct. 2021 The parsley contributes color and green-vegetable nutrition, too, and the herb’s fresh grassy flavor peeks through enough to make the chowder feel delightfully springlike. Washington Post, 10 Mar. 2022 Stir in the parsley, cumin and Aleppo pepper to finish and then set aside. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 8 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of parsley

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for parsley

Middle English persely, from Old English petersilie, from Vulgar Latin *petrosilium, alteration of Latin petroselinum, from Greek petroselinon, from petros stone + selinon celery

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“Parsley.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for parsley


pars·​ley | \ ˈpär-slē How to pronounce parsley (audio) \
plural parsleys

Kids Definition of parsley

: a garden plant that has small leaves used to season or decorate various foods


pars·​ley | \ ˈpär-slē How to pronounce parsley (audio) \

Medical Definition of parsley

: a southern European annual or biennial herb (Petroselinum crispum) of the carrot family having leaves which are used as a culinary herb or garnish and a root and seeds which have been used medicinally

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