noun rose·mary \ˈrōz-ˌmer-ē\

: an herb that has a sweet smell and that is used in cooking and perfumes

plural rose·mar·ies

Full Definition of ROSEMARY

:  a fragrant shrubby Mediterranean mint (Rosmarinus officinalis) having grayish-green needlelike leaves used as a seasoning; also :  the leaves of rosemary

Examples of ROSEMARY

  1. The recipe calls for a tablespoon of rosemary.

Origin of ROSEMARY

Middle English rosmarine, from Anglo-French rosemarin, from Latin rosmarinus, from ror-, ros dew + marinus of the sea; akin to Sanskrit rasa sap, juice — more at marine
First Known Use: 14th century
ROSEMARY Defined for Kids


noun rose·mary \ˈrōz-ˌmer-ē\

Definition of ROSEMARY for Kids

:  a fragrant mint with needlelike leaves used as a seasoning in cooking
Medical Dictionary


noun rose·mary \ˈrōz-ˌmer-ē\
plural rose·mar·ies

Medical Definition of ROSEMARY

:  a fragrant shrubby mint (Rosmarinus officinalis) of southern Europe and Asia Minor that is the source of rosemary oil and was formerly used medicinally as a stimulant and carminative


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