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.

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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 Another reason to check your Croatian oregano or powdered face wash? Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "The TSA's New Powder Rule, Explained," 21 June 2018 Add garlic, oregano, vinegar, salt and almonds, if using. Jonah Miller, WSJ, "Throw a Summer Party the Effortless Spanish Way," 6 July 2018 After removing the foam two or three times, add one of the bay leaves, the 1/2 onion, the whole garlic clove, half the parsley, the oregano and 1/4 teaspoon of the black pepper. Chris Ross, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Cuban shredded beef has origins in Spain," 25 June 2018 Not only does Balompie make the traditional bean-and-cheese and cheese-and-loroco pupusas, served with a heap of oregano-flecked slaw, the menu lists vegan pupusas (filled with beans, or spinach and zucchini) that are inherently gluten-free. Jonathan Kauffman, SFChronicle.com, "The Mission’s best vegetarian-friendly restaurants," 17 June 2018 Add the chicken broth, wine, fresh herbs, dry oregano and onion powder. Claire Perez, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Bravo's ziti chicken dish gets new name, same great taste," 15 June 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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