Definition of coriander in English:



mass noun
  • An aromatic Mediterranean plant of the parsley family, the leaves and seeds of which are used as culinary herbs.

    Coriandrum sativum, family Umbelliferae

    • ‘Home grown herbs would have included coriander, dill, thyme, opium poppy and summer savoury.’
    • ‘Tear basil, mint, coriander, parsley and cos and place in a large salad or mixing bowl.’
    • ‘Pour in a little more oil if necessary, then stir in the onions, cumin, coriander seeds and allspice.’
    • ‘Dukkah is an Egyptian spice mix that includes roasted hazelnuts, cumin, coriander and sesame seeds.’
    • ‘Add the parsley, coriander and mint and mix it in thoroughly by hand.’
    • ‘Flat-leafed parsley looks like coriander but can easily be distinguished by smell.’
    • ‘Ground toasted coriander and caraway seeds are also traditional ingredients which can be added to harissa.’
    • ‘She roasted coriander seeds and black peppercorns and mixed them with ground turmeric.’
    • ‘Grind the fennel, cumin, coriander and cloves before you start to cook.’
    • ‘Add parsley or coriander and serve with crusty bread and a green salad.’
    • ‘Arrange the chicken on a large platter and scatter with coriander or parsley.’
    • ‘Just before the end of cooking stir in the oil and the parsley or coriander.’
    • ‘I put ginger in it last time and added a fistful of chopped parsley and coriander at the table.’
    • ‘Peel and crush the garlic and mix it with the crushed chillies, ground cumin, coriander, honey and yoghurt.’
    • ‘Stir in the garlic, ginger, coriander and cumin seeds with the sugar and cook for a minute or two.’
    • ‘Allow the squash to cool until it is just barely warm, then add the sesame seeds, spring onion, coriander and chilli.’
    • ‘There are definitely seeds germinating in the basil, coriander and garlic chive trays.’
    • ‘Grind the coriander, cumin seed and black peppercorns to a rough powder with a pestle and mortar.’
    • ‘Put chillies, spring onions and coriander in a blender and blitz until finely chopped.’
    • ‘Transfer to a serving dish and garnish with the sesame seeds and coriander.’


Middle English from Old French coriandre, from Latin coriandrum, from Greek koriannon.