cham·​o·​mile | \ ˈka-mə-ˌmī(-ə)l How to pronounce chamomile (audio) , -ˌmēl How to pronounce chamomile (audio) \
variants: or

Definition of chamomile

1 : a perennial composite (see composite entry 1 sense 1b) herb (Chamaemelum nobile synonym Anthemis nobilis) of Europe and North Africa with aromatic (see aromatic entry 1 sense 1) foliage and flower heads
2 : any of several composite plants (genera Matricaria and Anthemis) related to chamomile especially : an annual Eurasian herb (M. recutita synonym M. chamomilla) naturalized (see naturalize sense 4) in North America
3 : the dried flower heads of chamomile that are often used in making tea and that yield an essential oil possessing medicinal properties

Illustration of chamomile

Illustration of chamomile

Examples of chamomile in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

One of Amazon’s top choice of products is a bag of dog bones infused with chamomile, which supposedly facilitate deeper sleep. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "Getting a good night’s sleep is a luxury — and can come at a high price.," 9 Oct. 2018 Warm up with après-brunch drinks (like herbal tisane Tulsi Immunitea or a Nuovo Giorno—Qui tequila, chamomile grappa, lime and agave) in the hotel's lounge, which features a chic toasty fireplace. Kristen Bateman, Harper's BAZAAR, "A Week of New York's Chicest Restaurants with Fireplaces," 10 Nov. 2014 Out of the natural or herbal supplements available (including chamomile and lavender), valerian has the most studies supporting its sleep-inducing effects, Dr. Bollu says. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "What You Need to Know About OTC Sleep Aids, According to Neurologists," 30 Jan. 2019 Barry: Marla was obsessive about the skincare benefits – it's got Vitamin E, aloe, seaweed, goldenberry, chamomile, and licorice extract. Town & Country, "Powerful Pairs: Bluemercury's Marla Malcolm Beck & Barry Beck," 12 Aug. 2014 This formula contains herbs (chamomile, tulsi, skullcap, and milky oats) which may help to strengthen the nervous system by easing these highs and lows. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "Meet the Eckhaus Latta–Approved Herbalist With a Prescription for Balanced Skin and Less Stress," 4 Jan. 2019 The balm combines four aromatic plant oils, including eucalyptus, Egyptian chamomile, clove, and hops, to remove dirt and other impurities. Talia Abbas, SELF, "This Balmy Face Wash Turned Me Into a Double-Cleansing Fanatic," 12 Nov. 2018 Grey Goose vodka 1 oz. chamomile syrup 1 tsp each orange and ginger sorbets Rose water ice ball Garnish with dried red rose Prato is the bar manager of the Cloister Bar at Belmond Villa San Michele in Fiesole, Italy. Roberto Prato, ELLE Decor, "Designer Cocktail: La Primavera," 14 Sep. 2018 The filling - a chamomile cream cheese mousse - is luscious and delicious, without being too sweet, Wood said. Ann Maloney,, "Former waitresses' 'lazy' strawberry pie wins 'Waitress the musical' contest," 1 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'chamomile.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of chamomile

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for chamomile

Middle English camemille, from Medieval Latin camomilla, modification of Latin chamaemelon, from Greek chamaimēlon, from chamai + mēlon apple

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about chamomile

Share chamomile

Dictionary Entries near chamomile


chamois cloth






Statistics for chamomile

Last Updated

9 Mar 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for chamomile

The first known use of chamomile was in the 13th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for chamomile



English Language Learners Definition of chamomile

: a plant that has a strong smell and small white and yellow flowers that are often used in making tea and medicine


variants: or camomile \ ˈkam-​ə-​ˌmīl How to pronounce camomile (audio) , -​ˌmēl How to pronounce camomile (audio) \

Medical Definition of chamomile

1a : a composite herb (Chamaemelum nobile synonym Anthemis nobilis) of Europe and Africa having aromatic flower heads
b : any of several related composite plants (genera Anthemis and Matricaria) especially : a Eurasian herb of the genus Matricaria (M. recutita synonym M. chamomilla) naturalized in North America
2 : the dried flower heads of a chamomile that are often used in making tea and that yield an essential oil possessing medicinal properties

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on chamomile

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with chamomile

Spanish Central: Translation of chamomile

Nglish: Translation of chamomile for Spanish Speakers Encyclopedia article about chamomile

Comments on chamomile

What made you want to look up chamomile? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to boil down or concentrate

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Original Meanings Quiz

  • rembrandt-painting-a-young-scholar-and-his-tutor
  • Which of the following is the earliest known sense of the word awe?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!