Definition of marjoram in English:


Line breaks: mar|joram
Pronunciation: /ˈmɑːdʒ(ə)rəm


  • 1 (also sweet marjoram) [mass noun] An aromatic southern European plant of the mint family, the leaves of which are used as a culinary herb.
    • Origanum majorana, family Labiatae
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    • The herbs grown include basil, chives, chervil, dill, lavender, mint, moss curled and Italian parsley, oregano, sage, sweet marjoram, savory and thyme.
    • In a sunny window, try oregano, rosemary, sage, sweet marjoram, and thyme.
    • The most distinct relatives of mint are basil, marjoram, oregano, rosemary, savory, and thyme, all of which are members of the Labiatae family.
  • 1.1 (also wild marjoram) another term for oregano.
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    • O. vulgare, wild marjoram or common oregano, has a wide distribution in N. Europe and also flourishes in parts of the USA.
    • Often there is confusion with wild marjoram and some forms of oregano.


late Middle English: from Old French majorane, from medieval Latin majorana, of unknown ultimate origin.

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