oregano

noun

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

Example Sentences

The recipe calls for a tablespoon of chopped oregano.
Recent Examples on the Web Anguiano noted the spongy crust, and several other tasters detected a significant flavor of oregano in the tomato sauce. Sam Stone, Bon Appétit, 3 Nov. 2022 The pork is glazed with a tangy blend of Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, olive oil and oregano, then blanketed with a blend of fresh parsley, rosemary and thyme. Robin Miller, USA TODAY, 24 Oct. 2022 The pork is glazed with a tangy blend of Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, olive oil and oregano, then blanketed with a blend of fresh parsley, rosemary and thyme. Robin Miller, The Arizona Republic, 21 Oct. 2022 In with the meat goes chopped onion, salt, oregano, potatoes and the meat’s cooking juices. Los Angeles Times, 15 Sep. 2022 Make marinara sauce: In a medium saucepan or Dutch oven, combine the tomatoes (with their juices), onion, whole garlic cloves, olive oil and oregano. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 1 Aug. 2022 The scents of rosemary, wild oregano and sage are omnipresent. CNN, 4 Nov. 2022 Today the plot grows everything from tomatoes to Swiss chard, squash to corn as well as herbs like basil, oregano and sage. Paris Wolfe, cleveland, 22 Oct. 2022 Cook until onions soften. Add canned chilies, cumin, oregano and coriander. Rita Nader Heikenfeld, The Enquirer, 21 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1771, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of oregano was in 1771

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Cite this Entry

“Oregano.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oregano. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

oregano

noun
oreg·​a·​no ə-ˈreg-ə-ˌnō How to pronounce oregano (audio)
plural oreganos
: a bushy mint with leaves used as a seasoning and a source of a fragrant oil

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