Meaning of marjoram in English:


Pronunciation /ˈmɑːdʒ(ə)rəm/

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mass noun
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    (also sweet marjoram)
    An aromatic southern European plant of the mint family, the leaves of which are used as a culinary herb.

    Origanum majorana, family Labiatae

    ‘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.’
    • ‘Many herbs get a head start when planted now, so put in some coriander, fennel, marjoram, oregano and parsley.’
    • ‘Herb de Provence is a mixture of herbs, often including thyme, rosemary, tarragon, chervil, sage, marjoram, basil and fennel seed.’
    • ‘For the cookpot there's French tarragon, marjoram, oregano, rosemary and thyme which hail from arid parts of the Mediterranean.’
    • ‘Chives, marjoram, mint, oregano, parsley, sage, tarragon, and thyme are good choices for a sunny kitchen windowsill.’
    • ‘Fennel, rosemary, marjoram, garlic, and juniper berries are variously favoured aromatics in Italian pork cookery.’
    • ‘Use any herbs that come to hand, but I recommend the following: sweet cicely, bronze fennel, chervil, flat-leaf parsley, marjoram or mint.’
    • ‘Try herbs such as chamomile, mint, marjoram, lemon verbena, or scented geraniums (Pelargoniums).’
    • ‘Mature plants, such as sweet marjoram, lavender, and scented geraniums, should be cut back by about one-third their full height to make them more manageable.’
    • ‘Herbs such as chives, lemon balm, marjoram, and mint are also attractive to insects.’
    • ‘There is nothing better than having fresh herbs on hand for cooking and marjoram, thyme, sage, chives, rosemary, parsley and basil will all thrive on a windowsill.’
    • ‘Herbs are essential ingredients and a generous mix of marjoram, basil, rosemary, and thyme is used for seasoning roast meats and the barbecue.’
    • ‘Rosemary and thyme both release their flavours in the heat of the oven - unlike the softie herbs such as basil, marjoram and oregano which can't take the heat and are best avoided here.’
    • ‘Plant lettuce or marjoram in your gardens to protect them, peony to safeguard against storm damage, and sunflowers to generate anti-bug energies.’
    • ‘Sow herbs, including basil, chives, coriander and marjoram in the garden or in windowsill pots.’
    • ‘The Shakespeare Garden is planted with herbs referred to by Shakespeare in his plays, including mint, camomile, marjoram and lavender.’
    • ‘Add it to the sauce, then add chopped mint and marjoram.’
    • ‘Herbs have been included as well: marjoram for joy, rosemary for love and remembrance, and lemon balm for happy spirits and wishes fulfilled.’
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      another term for oregano
      ‘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.