cel·​ery ˈse-lə-rē How to pronounce celery (audio)
plural celeries
: a European herb (Apium graveolens) of the carrot family
specifically : one of a cultivated variety (A. graveolens dulce) with leafstalks eaten raw or cooked

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Lots of hardy winter herbs and loads of celery and onions give this sourdough bread stuffing flavor to spare. Ben Mimscooking Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 13 Nov. 2022 Serve longer green onion slices alongside carrots and celery on a raw vegetable tray. Sheena Chihak, Better Homes & Gardens, 29 Sep. 2022 Serve with dip and carrots and celery, if desired. From Henry Ford LiveWell. Bethany Thayer, Detroit Free Press, 9 Apr. 2022 The eggs get chopped and mixed with mayo, garlic confit, celery and tabasco — and then layered on bread with crunchy Zapp’s potato chips (another Louisiana favorite). Elena Kadvany, San Francisco Chronicle, 2 Nov. 2022 Add onion, celery, curry powder and 1 teaspoon salt; cook, stirring often, until vegetables soften, about 10 minutes. People Staff, Peoplemag, 28 Oct. 2022 And there were quite a few vegetables: carrots, celery and mushrooms, as well as chicken and wild rice. Amy Schwabe, Journal Sentinel, 27 Oct. 2022 Reduce the heat to medium and add the onion, bell pepper, celery and a pinch of salt. Tanya Holland, Robb Report, 25 Oct. 2022 Add the carrots, celery and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion starts to turn golden, 8 to 9 minutes. Joe Yonan, Washington Post, 9 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History


borrowed from French céleri (17th-century celeris, sceleri, Middle French scellerin), borrowed from an Upper Italian form (as Ligurian sèlarʼu, Lombard sèleri), altered from Vulgar Latin *selinum (Late Latin selīnon), borrowed from Greek sélīnon, perhaps from a pre-Greek substratal language

First Known Use

1664, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of celery was in 1664

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Cite this Entry

“Celery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/celery. Accessed 7 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition


cel·​ery ˈsel-(ə-)rē How to pronounce celery (audio)
plural celeries
: a European herb related to the carrot and widely grown for the thick edible stems
also : the stems of celery used for food

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