mar·​jo·​ram | \ˈmär-jə-rəm, 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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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 In a wide sauté pan, smashed garlic and porcini mushrooms — rehydrated with boiling water then squeezed dry — are tossed with fresh marjoram, thyme, and, eventually, cream for a meat-free pasta sauce. Necee Regis,, "Resort’s Tuscany cooking class has all the right ingredients," 2 July 2018 The herbs of the European Mediterranean — oregano, marjoram, thyme, sage and rosemary — produce fresh leaves for flavoring soups all or most of the year in our Mediterranean climate. Pam Peirce,, "How Bay Area gardeners can grow their own soup," 1 June 2018 Note: Eucalyptus, rosemary, and marjoram essential oils have also proven highly effective in treating head lice. Mariko Zapf, Good Housekeeping, "This 3-Step Natural Head Lice Remedy Works For My Family Every Time," 15 Aug. 2017 Celery and parsley brighten the delicate, earthy flavor of the peas, but other herbs can be used instead, such as rosemary or marjoram. Emily Horton, sacbee, "Legumes, vegetables enrich these simple, one-pot pasta dishes | The Sacramento Bee," 17 Apr. 2018 Press the extra sprigs of rosemary, sage and marjoram against the roast, and use a few lengths of butcher’s twine to secure them. San Antonio Express-News, "Recipe: Tuscan Pork Roast," 11 Apr. 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 \

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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