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 Stir in the zucchini, dried oregano, chickpeas and another large pinch of salt. Julia Turshen, Twin Cities, "How cooking for charity made me a better cook at home," 4 July 2019 Many herbs already in your garden, such as thyme, sage, oregano, mint, dill, cilantro and parsley, are at their most productive over the next two months and will play out as the weather gets hotter. Dan Gill, nola.com, "Pick basil and other garden herbs over next two months," 14 Apr. 2019 This tasty and textural salad comes together with a dressing of olive oil, red wine and balsamic vinegars, Dijon mustard, and Italian Seasoning (a blend of basil, rosemary, marjoram, thyme, sage, and oregano). The Spice Hunter, Bon Appetit, "Dining Routine a Little Drab? Spice Things Up with These Flavorful Recipes," 19 Mar. 2018 Try deer- and rabbit-resistant perennial flowers, including agastache, artemisia, lavender, monarda, ornamental oregano, Russian sage, salvia, and yarrow. Thad Orr, Sunset, "Your Essential Gardening To-Do List for April," 22 Jan. 2018 Add the chili powder, cumin, oregano, remaining 1 teaspoon salt and red pepper flakes and cook, stirring, to toast the spices, about 1 minute. Joe Yonan, Washington Post, "Warm up your winter nights with this bean and barley chili," 22 Dec. 2019 Herbs: Sprigs of fresh herbs are a pretty touch — thyme (here), rosemary, oregano, marjoram, sage, all will add life to a graze board. Katie Workman, NBC News, "Think beyond your basic pepperoni and cheddar. Here's how to build the snacky graze board of your dreams.," 12 Dec. 2019 Plant permanent herbs like rosemary, oregano and bay in the ground. Nan Sterman, San Diego Union-Tribune, "29 garden chores for October," 2 Oct. 2019 Flavor it with any of the following: cilantro, cumin, chile powder, pepper, oregano, etc. James P. Dewan, chicagotribune.com, "4 easy dishes to make with tomatillos, plus a trick for getting those sticky husks off," 17 June 2019

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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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The first known use of oregano was in 1771

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11 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Oregano.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oregano. Accessed 18 January 2020.

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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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