Definition of thyme in English:

thyme

noun

mass noun
  • A low-growing aromatic plant of the mint family. The small leaves are used as a culinary herb and the plant yields a medicinal oil.

    Genus Thymus, family Labiatae: many species, in particular common (or garden) thyme (T. vulgaris)

    • ‘Add all the spices, parsley, thyme, bay leaf, shallots, garlic, vanilla pod and lemon slices.’
    • ‘Other powerful herbs include dill, garden thyme, rosemary and peppermint.’
    • ‘Home grown herbs would have included coriander, dill, thyme, opium poppy and summer savoury.’
    • ‘Dishes are mostly enhanced with lemons and fresh or dried mountain herbs such as thyme and oregano.’
    • ‘Grey mullet is popular in Mediterranean dishes and goes well with rosemary, thyme, garlic and fennel.’
    • ‘For the ham, boil in water with thyme, garlic, bay leaves, onions and leeks for two hours then break into largish pieces.’
    • ‘Squeeze out the excess liquid with your hands and add the beaten egg, salt, flour, parsley and thyme leaves, mixing well.’
    • ‘Rosemary, thyme and dill are also good decorative herbs to plant with cabbages.’
    • ‘I also ignored the dried thyme that was provided in my bundle and used fresh thyme and rosemary because I had it on hand.’
    • ‘Basil, marjoram and thyme grow well in small containers; bay, lavender and rosemary need larger ones.’
    • ‘Toss on a mass of fresh herbs, such as thyme or basil, or rub it with garlic and olive oil.’
    • ‘I prepared chicken stock with bouillon cubes, adding sprigs of thyme and bay leaves.’
    • ‘A rare delight is a pig's kidney the size of a fist baked slowly with thyme, tarragon, cream and snippets of bacon.’
    • ‘I usually have a pot of parsley on the kitchen windowsill, as well as some tarragon and thyme.’
    • ‘In front of the beech hedge, a patch of un-cultivated land overflowed with flowering thyme, rosemary and gorse.’
    • ‘In a blender, blitz together the balsamic vinegar, thyme leaves and garlic.’
    • ‘Over a medium heat, in a large pan, soften the onion, bay leaves and thyme in the butter for one minute.’
    • ‘It was often burned with juniper and thyme as a means of cleansing a room of witches and bad spirits.’
    • ‘When shopping for thyme plants you will use for cooking, pinch off a piece of leaf to taste before you buy.’
    • ‘I know a bank whereon the wild thyme blows, where oxlips and the nodding cowslip grow.’

Origin

Middle English from Old French thym, via Latin from Greek thumon, from thuein ‘burn, sacrifice’.

Pronunciation

thyme

/tʌɪm/