- an herb, Pertoselinum crispum, native to the Mediterranean, having either curled leaf clusters (French parsley) or flat compound leaves (Italian parsley), widely cultivated for use in garnishing or seasoning food.Compare parsley family.
- the leaves of this plant, used to garnish or season food.
- any of certain allied or similar plants.
- Also pars·lied, pars·leyed. cooked or garnished with parsley: parsley potatoes.
Origin of parsley
Examples from the Web for parsley
Contemporary Examples of parsley
Rub pork loin with paprika, Cajun seasoning, parsley, onion powder, garlic powder, sugar, salt, and pepper.Epic Meal Empire’s Meat Monstrosities: From the Bacon Spider to the Cinnabattleship
July 26, 2014
Spoon the rice into the center of the gumbo, and sprinkle each serving with green onions and parsley.5 Iconic Recipes From an Iconic Chef
May 12, 2011
Finish with a salad of frisee, chives, parsley, tarragon and chervil lightly dressed with the vinaigrette.Fresh Picks
February 10, 2011
If you like, add in some finely chopped sweet onion and parsley.The Perfect Burger (Sans Bun)
November 1, 2010
Even the celebrated shot of Uncle Paulie cutting garlic with a razor blade has a sprig of parsley in the foreground.Goodfellas Turns 20
September 21, 2010
Historical Examples of parsley
The most important use of parsley is perhaps that of flavoring.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 2
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
When they are about half done put the onions and parsley into the pan.
Season it with pepper, salt, chopped sweet herbs, and parsley.
Fry them in butter, and when you take them out of the pan, fry some parsley in it.
Chop up a stick of celery, a sprig of parsley, a carrot, an onion.The Cook's Decameron: A Study in Taste:
Mrs. W. G. Waters
- a S European umbelliferous plant, Petroselinum crispum, widely cultivated for its curled aromatic leaves, which are used in cooking
- any of various similar and related plants, such as fool's-parsley, stone parsley, and cow parsley
Word Origin for parsley
Word Origin and History for parsley
14c. merger of Old English petersilie and Old French peresil (13c., Modern French persil), both from Medieval Latin petrosilium, from Latin petroselinum, from Greek petroselinon "rock-parsley," from petros "rock, stone" + selinon "celery" (see celery).