Try Our Apps


The Best Internet Slang


[tar-uh-gon, -guh n] /ˈtær əˌgɒn, -gən/
an Old World plant, Artemisia dracunculus, having aromatic leaves used for seasoning.
the leaves themselves.
Also called estragon.
Origin of tarragon
1530-40; earlier taragon < Middle French targon, variant of tarc(h)on < Medieval Latin < Medieval Greek tarchṓn < Arabic ṭarkhūn < Greek drákōn literally, dragon; compare Latin dracunculus tarragon Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for tarragon
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
British Dictionary definitions for tarragon


an aromatic perennial plant, Artemisia dracunculus, of the Old World, having whitish flowers and small toothed leaves, which are used as seasoning: family Asteraceae (composites)
the leaves of this plant
Also called estragon
Word Origin
C16: from Old French targon, from Medieval Latin tarcon, from Arabic tarkhūn, perhaps from Greek drakontion adderwort
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for tarragon

1530s, from Medieval Latin tragonia, from Byzantine Greek tarchon, from Arabic tarkhon, from a non-Arabic source, perhaps Greek drakon (from drakontion "dragonwort"). Eastern European plant of the wormwood genus (Artemisia Dracunculus), whose aromatic leaves were used for flavoring (especially vinegar). Cf. Spanish taragona, Italian targone, French estragon.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for tarragon

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for tarragon

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for tarragon