Meaning of “bay leaf” in the English Dictionary

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"bay leaf" in British English

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bay leafnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈbeɪ ˌliːf/ us /ˈbeɪ ˌliːf/

Examples from literature

  • Put into boiling salt water, add bay leaf, parsley, seasonings and cook till tender. 
  • Put it into the soup kettle with the water, bay leaf, parsley, onion and celery. 
  • Take out thyme and bay leaf. 
  • Tie the parsley, bay leaf and thyme together. 
  • To one quart of highly seasoned stock, freed from all fat, add the juice of a lemon, a bay leaf, half a cup of wine and one box of gelatine soaked in a cup of cold water. 

(Definition of “bay leaf” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"bay leaf" in American English

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bay leafnoun [ C ]

us /ˈbeɪ ˌlif/ plural bay leaves /ˈbeɪ ˌlivz/

the leaves of an evergreen tree, which are dried and used in cooking to add flavor

(Definition of “bay leaf” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)