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.
Recent Examples on the Web Add poblano strips and potatoes; season with salt and pepper, some oregano, and garlic. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, 5 May 2022 Zaatar Not to be confused with the seasoning blend of the same name, the herb zaatar is a tender perennial with a flavor somewhere between oregano and thyme. Sarah Karnasiewicz, WSJ, 6 May 2022 Usually served at weddings, perde pilav is cooked with chicken, currants, almonds, pine nuts and butter, and seasoned with salt, oregano and pepper. Lisa Morrow, CNN, 25 Mar. 2022 Combine crumbs, 2 cups Parmesan, egg, garlic powder, pepper, remaining 2 teaspoons oregano and 1 teaspoon salt in a large bowl. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 26 Oct. 2021 Season the beef with kosher salt and dry Mexican oregano rubbed between the palms. Minerva Orduño Rincón, The Arizona Republic, 24 Apr. 2022 Canned tomatoes and anchovies, jarred capers and briny kalamata olives almost always form the base of the sauce, which then gets a sprinkling of dry spices, such as oregano and crushed red pepper flakes, or maybe basil. Washington Post, 15 Mar. 2022 Once simmering well, add bay leaves and Mexican oregano. Minerva Orduño Rincón, The Arizona Republic, 27 Mar. 2022 Be sure to grind up the oregano between palms before adding. Minerva Orduño Rincón, The Arizona Republic, 25 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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“Oregano.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oregano. Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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