Definition of parsley in US English:



  • A biennial plant with white flowers and aromatic leaves that are either crinkly or flat and used as a culinary herb and for garnishing food.

    Petroselinum crispum, family Umbelliferae (or Apiaceae; the parsley family). Members of this family have their flowers arranged in umbels and are known as umbellifers; typical members include hogweed and hemlock as well as many food plants and herbs (carrot, parsnip, celery, fennel, anise)

    • ‘Finely chop the shallots, garlic, basil, celery, parsley and beetroot and place in a bowl.’
    • ‘Add the balsamic vinegar, parsley, thyme, salt and pepper to the frying pan and bring to the boil.’
    • ‘Make the lemon oil by combining the lemon rind, parsley, sea salt, pepper and extra virgin olive oil.’
    • ‘Add the reserved broth, fontina, Parmesan, walnuts, parsley and some salt and pepper.’
    • ‘Top with the horseradish crème fraiche, crisp bacon and sprigs of parsley or dill.’
    • ‘Add the parsley, coriander and mint and mix it in thoroughly by hand.’
    • ‘Drain the pasta, toss it with the artichokes, olive oil, parsley and Parmesan.’
    • ‘For the main course we chose pork tenderloin wrapped in spinach, parsley and garlic.’
    • ‘Flat-leafed parsley looks like coriander but can easily be distinguished by smell.’
    • ‘Add the chopped tomato and most of the basil and parsley, stirring, and simmer for 2 minutes.’
    • ‘Using your hands, mix the bread with the meat, garlic, nutmeg, parsley, egg, salt and pepper.’
    • ‘I put ginger in it last time and added a fistful of chopped parsley and coriander at the table.’
    • ‘Mussels are in my mind best cooked in their own steam with garlic, shallots, parsley, white wine and cream.’
    • ‘Arrange the chicken on a large platter and scatter with coriander or parsley.’
    • ‘Melt the butter in a large pan, add the chopped parsley and leeks, and cook gently for 5 minutes until soft.’
    • ‘Add the sea salt, pepper and parsley to the lentils, stir through, and serve in warmed shallow soup or pasta bowls.’
    • ‘Add the stock, bay leaves and parsley reserving a small amount of parsley for garnish.’
    • ‘Tenderise the steaks, season well and sprinkle with Parmesan, garlic and parsley.’
    • ‘I am now the proud owner of all the fresh basil, bay leaves, thyme, sage and parsley a girl could want.’
    • ‘The flesh has a light, delicate taste that goes well with fresh herbs such as lemon thyme and parsley.’


Old English petersilie, via late Latin based on Greek petroselinon, from petra ‘rock’ + selinon ‘parsley’, influenced in Middle English by Old French peresil, of the same origin.