mar·​jo·​ram | \ ˈmär-jə-rəm How to pronounce marjoram (audio) , ˈmärj-rəm\

Definition of marjoram

: any of various usually fragrant and aromatic Old World mints (genus Origanum) often used as seasoning

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The lineup usually includes chives, tarragon, dill, marjoram, savory, some oreganos, mints, a few types of basil and boatloads of cilantro and parsley. Martha Holmberg, Washington Post, "How to push fresh herbs beyond the garnish: Use with abundance and abandon," 5 July 2019 There are 20 taps for beer, one nitrogenated cocktail and four draft cocktails, including the El Del Jarrito (tequila, tamarind, ginger, cloves, panela, lime) and the Dare to Eat a Peach (vodka, peach, marjoram, tarragon, mint, sparkling wine). Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "Mexican-American themed bar Monkey’s Tail opens July 3 in Lindale Park," 2 July 2019 Other botanical extracts, like algae, thyme, and marjoram are added to intensely hydrate, reinforce your skin barrier, and retain more water. Glamour, "This Moisturizer Instantly Gives Me Dewy Dumpling Skin," 11 Mar. 2019 Others like marjoram are more particular and don’t like a drafty windowsill. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, "How to Grow an Indoor Herb Garden That Actually Stays Alive All Winter," 7 Dec. 2018 Sprinkle red pepper flakes and marjoram over cheese. 3. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "Why Mayonnaise is Magic," 9 Nov. 2018 Good flat-leaf parsley is almost always accessible and an ideal partner for the strong flavors of mint, marjoram and arugula. Aleksandra Crapanzano, WSJ, "6 Fresh Takes on Pesto," 3 Aug. 2018 Essential oil maker Aura Cacia specifies that asil, clary sage, clove bud, hyssop, sweet fennel, juniper berry, marjoram, myrrh, rosemary, sage, thyme, and wintergreen should be avoided at all costs during pregnancy. Rebecca Straus, Good Housekeeping, "6 Times You Should Never Use Essential Oils," 12 Jan. 2017 Order a side of the house frites laced with marjoram and paprika ($5); or get them simple with mussels bathed in white wine herbs in the moules marinieres ($18). Georgann Yara, azcentral, "French restaurants in Phoenix to celebrate Bastille Day," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of marjoram

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for marjoram

Middle English mageram, marjolane, from Middle French majorane, marjolaine, from Medieval Latin majorana

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English Language Learners Definition of marjoram

: an herb that has a pleasant smell and is often used in cooking


mar·​jo·​ram | \ ˈmärj-(ə-)rəm How to pronounce marjoram (audio) \

Medical Definition of marjoram

: any of various usually fragrant and aromatic mints (genera Origanum and Majorana) often used in cookery especially : sweet marjoram

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