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[mahr-jer-uh m]
  1. any of several aromatic herbs belonging to the genus Origanum, of the mint family, especially O. majorana (sweet marjoram), having leaves used as seasoning in cooking.
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Compare oregano.

Origin of marjoram

1350–1400; Middle English majorane < Medieval Latin majorana, variant of majoraca, alteration of Latin amāracus < Greek amā́rakos marjoram
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Historical Examples of marjoram

  • By maid Marjoram, said he that was going thither, but I will.

    Folk-lore and legends: English

    Charles John Tibbits

  • Savory, marjoram and other herbs may be used, or the herbs may be omitted altogether.

    The Laurel Health Cookery

    Evora Bucknum Perkins

  • Add two sprays each of parsley and thyme and one of marjoram.

    Fifty-Two Sunday Dinners

    Elizabeth O. Hiller

  • You have amply satisfied me as to the potency of the late Mrs. Marjoram's pharmacopoeia.

    The Secret Glory

    Arthur Machen

  • If it is caused by the brain, take syrup of betony and marjoram.

British Dictionary definitions for marjoram


  1. Also called: sweet marjoram an aromatic Mediterranean plant, Origanum (or Marjorana) hortensis, with small pale purple flowers and sweet-scented leaves, used for seasoning food and in salads: family Lamiaceae (labiates)
  2. Also called: wild marjoram, pot marjoram, origan a similar and related European plant, Origanum vulgareSee also oregano, origanum
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Word Origin for marjoram

C14: via Old French majorane, from Medieval Latin marjorana
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Word Origin and History for marjoram


late 14c., from Old French majorane (13c., Modern French marjolaine), from Medieval Latin maiorana, of uncertain origin, probably ultimately from India (cf. Sanskrit maruva- "marjoram"), with form influenced by Latin major "greater."

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