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sweet marjoram

  1. See under marjoram.
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Origin of sweet marjoram

First recorded in 1555–65


[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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Examples from the Web for sweet marjoram

Historical Examples

  • Few people know how to keep the flavor of sweet-marjoram; the best of all herbs for broth and stuffing.

    The American Frugal Housewife

    Lydia M. Child

  • It should not be cut entirely open; fill it up plump with thick slices of buttered bread, salt, sweet-marjoram and sage.

  • Take two large bunches of sweet-marjoram; the same of sweet-basil; and one bunch of parsley.

  • And a very little Thyme and Sweet-marjoram, scarce to be tasted: and some Marigold leaves, at last.

  • Some sweet-marjoram pots, tin cans filled with crackers which were lighted, went off with great explosions.

    The Peterkin Papers

    Lucretia P Hale

British Dictionary definitions for sweet marjoram

sweet marjoram

  1. another name for marjoram (def. 1)
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  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

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