Definition of chervil in US English:



  • A plant of the parsley family, with small white flowers and delicate fernlike leaves that are used as a culinary herb.

    Anthriscus cerefolium, family Umbelliferae

    • ‘Flat-leaf parsley, chervil or tarragon all work nicely in there, too.’
    • ‘Choose five of the following fresh herbs: flat-leaf parsley, chives, mint, chervil, basil, dill, tarragon.’
    • ‘No one I know has streams of sunshine constantly flooding their kitchen through leaded windows, alighting on creamware jugs filled with marjoram and chervil.’
    • ‘If desired, garnish each tartlet with a leaf of chervil or a small sprig of dill.’
    • ‘Drizzle vinaigrette and garnish with chervil and gold leaf.’


Old English, from Latin chaerephylla, from Greek khairephullon.