- See under marjoram.
Origin of sweet marjoram
- 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 sweet marjoram
Few people know how to keep the flavor of sweet-marjoram; the best of all herbs for broth and stuffing.
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.Miss Leslie's Lady's New Receipt-Book
And a very little Thyme and Sweet-marjoram, scarce to be tasted: and some Marigold leaves, at last.The Closet of Sir Kenelm Digby Knight Opened
Some sweet-marjoram pots, tin cans filled with crackers which were lighted, went off with great explosions.The Peterkin Papers
Lucretia P Hale
- another name for marjoram (def. 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)
- Also called: wild marjoram, pot marjoram, origan a similar and related European plant, Origanum vulgareSee also oregano, origanum
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."