Middle English mageram, marjolane, from Middle French majorane, marjolaine, from Medieval Latin majorana
First Known Use: circa 1550
Medical Definition of MARJORAM
: any of various usually fragrant and aromatic mints (genera Origanum and Majorana) often used in cookery; especially:sweet marjoram
Perennial herb (Majorana hortensis) of the mint family, or its fresh or dried leaves and flowering tops. Native to the Mediterranean and western Asia, marjoram is cultivated as an annual where winter temperatures kill the plant. It is used to flavor many foods. Various other aromatic herbs or undershrubs of the genera Origanum (seeoregano) and Majorana of the mint family are also called marjoram.