noun, often attributive
\ ˈərb How to pronounce herb (audio) , US also and British usually ˈhərb \

Definition of herb

1 botany : a seed-producing annual, biennial, or perennial that does not develop persistent woody tissue but dies down at the end of a growing season
2 : a plant or plant part valued for its medicinal, savory, or aromatic qualities planted parsley, basil, and rosemary in her herb garden
3 slang : marijuana sense 2

Other Words from herb

herblike \ ˈ(h)ərb-​ˌlīk How to pronounce herb (audio) \ adjective
herby \ ˈ(h)ər-​bē How to pronounce herb (audio) \ adjective

Examples of herb in a Sentence

a dish seasoned with chopped fresh herbs rosemary, sage, and other herbs
Recent Examples on the Web One glance at the herb garden and the tale was told. Rita Nader Heikenfeld, The Enquirer, 9 Sep. 2022 Most kitchen gardens are informal, with fruit, vegetable and herb plantings that are easily grown from seed or available as starts. Helen Purcell Montag, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Sep. 2022 Weber's, which Teens Grow Greens has owned and operated since 2018, serves as an experiential learning space for students and a store for people to buy flower, herb and vegetable plants — with all proceeds benefiting the group's programs. Tom Daykin, Journal Sentinel, 8 Sep. 2022 The sticks can actually be planted in the ground since they're made out of herb and wildflower seeds—talk about zero waste! Brittney Morgan And Medgina Saint-elien, House Beautiful, 20 Apr. 2022 Brewers have endless possibilities to add almost any kind of fruit, herb or spice to the mix. Ruvani De Silva, Chron, 19 Apr. 2022 Talking about beds: Flower, vegetable and herb plants will soon begin to feel the warm soil. cleveland, 9 May 2022 Top with lemon zest, juice, garlic, and herb mixture. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, 28 Apr. 2022 An orchard with more than 20 types of fruit trees, vegetable and herb gardens and specimen trees complete the grounds. Lauren Beale, Forbes, 18 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of herb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for herb

Middle English herbe, from Anglo-French, from Latin herba

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“Herb.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/herb. Accessed 29 Sep. 2022.

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More Definitions for herb


\ ˈərb How to pronounce herb (audio) , ˈhərb \

Kids Definition of herb

1 : a plant with soft stems that die down at the end of the growing season
2 : a plant or plant part used in medicine or in seasoning foods


noun, often attributive
\ ˈ(h)ərb How to pronounce herb (audio) \

Medical Definition of herb

1 : a seed plant that does not develop persistent woody tissue but dies down at the end of a growing season
2 : a plant or plant part valued for its medicinal, savory, or aromatic qualities


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