oreg·​a·​no | \ ə-ˈre-gə-ˌnō How to pronounce oregano (audio) \

Definition of oregano

1 : a bushy perennial mint (Origanum vulgare) with leaves that are used as a seasoning and a source of aromatic oil

called also origanum, wild marjoram

2 : any of several plants (genera Lippia and Coleus) other than oregano of the vervain or mint families

Examples of oregano in a Sentence

The recipe calls for a tablespoon of chopped oregano.

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Crack 1 egg into each pepper ring; sprinkle with oregano and ¼ tsp each salt and pepper. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Egg Pepper Rings with Carrot Salsa," 9 Jan. 2019 The menu offers only two types of pizza: margherita, topped simply with mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil; and marinara, spiked with fragrant oregano and doused with olive oil. Melinda Joe, Condé Nast Traveler, "34 Best Restaurants in Tokyo," 2 Mar. 2018 In a 5- to 6-qt slow cooker, stir together tomatoes (and their juices), chili powder, oregano, cumin, 1 cup water, and ¼ tsp each salt and pepper. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Slow Cooker Tex-Mex Chili," 30 Jan. 2019 Season chicken with paprika, oregano, red pepper flakes (if using), and a pinch of salt; add to the skillet and stir, then remove from heat. Joy Bauer, Ms, Woman's Day, "Mediterranean Zucchini Boats with Kefir-Mint Topping," 25 Oct. 2018 One more way to loosen up blockages is by steaming with anti-inflammatory essential oils such as lemongrass, eucalyptus, rosemary, and oregano. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "6 All-Natural Strategies for Fighting the Cold and Flu This Winter," 8 Jan. 2019 In a large bowl, mix the turkey with the salt, pepper, onion, yogurt, bread crumbs, Worcestershire, and oregano and form into 6 patties. Maureen Fitzgerald, Philly.com, "Cooking teachers and students both learning lessons," 24 Apr. 2018 Like oregano and basil, stevia grows well in pots with one to two plants to a pot. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Natural Stevia Right in Your Own Garden," 29 May 2018 And then there was Vista Peru’s take on the famous pollo à la brasa, a chicken marinated for a day with cumin, oregano and Peruvian Cusqueña beer before slow-roasting in a special rotisserie for over three hours. Craig Laban, Philly.com, "At Vista Peru, a view of promise, pisco and problems," 18 May 2018

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First Known Use of oregano

1771, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for oregano

American Spanish orégano, from Spanish, wild marjoram, from Latin origanum — more at origanum

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English Language Learners Definition of oregano

: an herb that has green leaves with a sweet smell which are used in cooking

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