Definition of cilantro in English:



North American
  • another term for coriander (especially the leaves)
    • ‘Before serving, I tasted it again and added a bit more salt, chopped cilantro and lime juice.’
    • ‘It was eggplant baked with breadcrumbs and some kind of sauce and cilantro.’
    • ‘When used as a topping for rice noodles or in Oriental dipping sauces, cilantro and roasted peanuts often are chopped together.’
    • ‘Arrange some tempura vegetables around the dish, drizzle with red bell pepper sauce, and garnish with fried cilantro.’
    • ‘Stuff the tomato cavities with the filling and garnish with cilantro.’
    • ‘Sprinkle chopped fresh cilantro onto individual portions of butter chicken, if you like.’
    • ‘Garnish with the remaining sesame seeds and a few branches of cilantro.’
    • ‘Had I really planned ahead, this could have been garnished with chopped parsley, cilantro or green onion.’
    • ‘Soon we'll have baby carrots and lima beans to eat with our basil, rosemary, cilantro and parsley.’
    • ‘He used several ingredients from our garden: tomatoes, chives, parsley, cilantro, and basil.’
    • ‘At dinner, the cayenne and cilantro will add color and make the dish pop, especially if served on white plates.’
    • ‘Garnish soup with cilantro and serve tortilla chips on the side.’
    • ‘Sowings of spinach, cilantro, lettuce and some oriental greens will germinate and begin to grow.’
    • ‘Fresh ginger, cilantro, mint and basil add flavor and aromas to dishes.’
    • ‘Sprinkle the kaffir lime leaf over the squid salad and garnish the plate with cilantro leaves.’
    • ‘These things are wonderful and have refreshing whack of cilantro and mint that kind of cleans the palate.’
    • ‘Fresh herbs such as cilantro or mint are generally added at the end of the cooking process, just before serving.’
    • ‘Strain the oil and add chopped parsley and cilantro before serving.’
    • ‘In a food processor, combine the black beans, salsa, lime juice, cilantro, and cumin.’
    • ‘Then she sprinkles everything with toasted black and white sesame seeds and cilantro.’


1920s: from Spanish, from Latin coliandrum coriander.