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 In a bowl, combine mushroom mixture with beef and parsley. Andrea Nguyen, WSJ, "Don’t Want to Go (Entirely) Meatless? Try These Recipes," 30 Dec. 2020 Give the salad a quick stir and garnish with additional tarragon and parsley before serving. Paul Stephen,, "Recipe: Broccoli Salad with Pickled Cranberries and Herb Yogurt Dressing," 30 Dec. 2020 Break out your food processor to chop the mushrooms, shallots/onions and parsley very finely. Nicole Sours Larson, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Serve up a simple New Year’s Eve family celebration," 30 Dec. 2020 Garnish the cheese with the oregano or parsley sprigs and serve hot, with lemon wedges and bread. Washington Post, "Flaming cheese saganaki to make everyone say ‘opa!’," 28 Dec. 2020 Remove the pan from the heat and add the Gorgonzola, Parmesan, salt, pepper, and parsley. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "Ina Garten shares recipes and tips for a memorable holiday micro-meal, cocktail included," 22 Dec. 2020 Garnish with remaining cooked bacon and parsley and serve with mashed potatoes or noodles, as desired. Star Tribune, "Recipes: Presssed Spiced Chicken With Hot Honey Glaze, Beef Bourguignon," 16 Dec. 2020 Toss bread crumbs, pepper, thyme and parsley in a large bowl. Dahlia Ghabour, The Courier-Journal, "This year, add something new to your Thanksgiving feast with these reader-submitted recipes," 17 Nov. 2020 Martin suggests tossing the hot-from-the-fryer oysters in a bit of melted butter and generous shakes of hot sauce and serving them over rice with a sprinkling of parsley and sliced scallion. Washington Post, "The secret to superior fried oysters: Listen closely," 27 Oct. 2020

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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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The first known use of parsley was before the 12th century

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14 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Parsley.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of parsley

: a plant with small green leaves that are used to season or decorate food


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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