oreg·​a·​no | \ə-ˈre-gə-ˌnō \

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

On a separate rimmed sheet pan, toss together beans, tomatoes, ¼ cup oil, chipotle chile and sauce, garlic, oregano, 1/2 teaspoon cumin and salt to taste. Melissa Clark, The Seattle Times, "How to make sheet-pan suppers without the meat," 1 Oct. 2018 Slash brined chicken to bone, tuck marinade of fresh scotch bonnet peppers, broad-leaf thyme, English thyme, oregano, clove, salt, lime and sugarcane vinegar between bone and flesh. Ali Bouzari, San Francisco Chronicle, "Housemade: The science behind the skillets at Miss Ollie’s in Oakland," 16 May 2018 That’s made by adding chopped lettuce, tomato and fresh or fried onions with a sprinkle of oregano and, if desired, some olive oil and vinegar. Joseph A. Gambardello, Philly.com, "How to make a Philly cheesesteak," 5 July 2018 Diced little cubes of tangy pickles, shredded lettuce soaked in oil and a dusting of oregano, hot pepper relish — none of that pepper ring nonsense — and mayo. Kara Baskin, BostonGlobe.com, "The best Italian sub around, with mayo and memories," 18 June 2018 The sauce is honeyed and tomato-rich, faintly spicy, with a pinch of oregano added at the end for pungency. Sam Sifton, New York Times, "The Corporate Delivery Pie You Secretly Love — but Better," 29 May 2018 Stir together mozzarella, pepperoni, Parmesan, basil, parsley, and oregano in a large bowl. San Antonio Express-News, "Recipe: Pull Apart Pizza Bread," 20 June 2018 Even a block of feta marinated with wild oregano and caper leaves seems like a revelation. Houston Chronicle, "Alison Cook's Top 10 Houston restaurants," 10 May 2018 Replace the tops; brush with extra-virgin olive oil, and sprinkle with oregano. Jessica Fecteau, PEOPLE.com, "Giada De Laurentiis Returns to Ellen to 'Redeem' Herself from Awkward Nicole Kidman Cooking Segment," 2 Apr. 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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