- 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.
Origin of marjoram
Examples from the Web for 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
If it is caused by the brain, take syrup of betony and marjoram.
- 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)
- Also called: wild marjoram, pot marjoram, origan a similar and related European plant, Origanum vulgareSee also oregano, origanum
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."