Definition of zaatar in English:


Pronunciation /ˈzɑːtɑː/


  • 1Originally in the Middle East: any of a number of aromatic culinary herbs.

  • 2In Middle Eastern cuisine: a condiment made from any of these herbs (especially thyme) singly or in combination, with dried sumac, toasted sesame seeds and salt.


Early 20th century; earliest use found in The Jewish Quarterly Review. From Arabic saʿtar, ṣaʿtar, zaʿtar wild thyme, also a condiment made from this herb or similar herbs, probably from Syriac ṣatrā' (Aramaic ṣatrā'; goes to post-biblical Hebrew ṣatrāh savory, in modern Hebrew also satureia, thymbra).