- any of various plants of the mustard family, especially the watercress, having pungent-tasting leaves often used for salad and as a garnish.
- any of various similar plants.
Origin of cress
Examples from the Web for cress
Historical Examples of cress
Cress, Romaine, or bleached chicory may be used in place of lettuce.Sandwiches
Sarah Tyson Heston Rorer
Cress, thou wilt not do anything to Sir Richard of Gloucester?Earl Hubert's Daughter
Emily Sarah Holt
Serve on platter with meat, garnished with cress or parsley.
No cress could she find, so she thought she would turn back and go home.The Book of One Syllable
When this is not procurable, cress makes an attractive border to a salad.Foods and Household Management
Word Origin for cress
Old English cresse, originally cærse, from Proto-Germanic *krasjon- (cf. Middle Low German kerse, karse; Middle Dutch kersse; Old High German kresso, German Kresse), from PIE root *gras- "to devour" (see gastric). It underwent a metathesis similar to that of grass. French cresson, Italian crescione are Germanic loan-words.