rose·​mary | \ ˈrōz-ˌmer-ē How to pronounce rosemary (audio) \
plural rosemaries

Definition of rosemary

: a fragrant shrubby Mediterranean mint (Salvia rosmarinus synonym Rosmarinus officinalis) having grayish-green needlelike leaves used as a seasoning also : the leaves of rosemary

Examples of rosemary in a Sentence

The recipe calls for a tablespoon of rosemary.
Recent Examples on the Web After identifying thyme, rosemary and dill, the group gets to work., 11 Nov. 2021 Massolino Parussi -Red cherry, rosemary and tarragon aromas; elegant entry on the palate, good acidity, round, beautifully refined tannins and restrained wood notes. Tom Hyland, Forbes, 27 Oct. 2021 Sprinkle liberally with salt, ground pepper, and half the rosemary and sage. Deb Wandell, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 Oct. 2021 Toss together bread, oil, and rosemary on a large rimmed baking sheet. Christopher Michel, Country Living, 4 Nov. 2021 The Thanksgiving meal at Weights + Measures comes with a citrus rosemary turkey breast cooked sous vide for 18 hours that only takes 20 minutes to finish at home. Abigail Rosenthal, Chron, 2 Nov. 2021 Aromas are slightly oxidized, though not excessively so, and include veld, cranberries, orange peel, red plums, figs and rosemary. Tom Mullen, Forbes, 31 Oct. 2021 In a small bowl, stir together the 1/4 cup canola oil, garlic, shallot, and rosemary., 19 Oct. 2021 This scent is green through and through: green tea, rosemary, cedar, patchouli and vetiver all contribute to the beautiful, spring-like finish. Adam Hurly, Robb Report, 21 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of rosemary

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rosemary

Middle English rosemarye, rosemary, folk-etymological alteration of rosmaryn, rosmarine, borrowed from Anglo-French rosemaryn, borrowed from Latin rōsmarīnum, rōs marīnus, literally "sea dew," from rōr-, rōs "dew" + marīnus "of the sea, marine entry 1"; rōr-, rōs going back to Indo-European *h1rōs-, *h1ros- "dew, juice" (whence also Old Church Slavic rosa "dew," Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian ròsa, accusative rȍsu, Lithuanian rasà, Sanskrit rásaḥ "juice, liquid"), probably derivative from the verbal base *h1ers- "stream, flow," whence Sanskrit árṣati "(it) flows," Hittite ārašzi, aršanzi

Note: The element rōs in the Latin compound may represent Greek rhoûs "sumac," conformed to rōr-, rōs "dew" by folk etymology.

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English Language Learners Definition of rosemary

: an herb that has a sweet smell and that is used in cooking and perfumes


rose·​mary | \ ˈrōz-ˌmer-ē How to pronounce rosemary (audio) \

Kids Definition of rosemary

: a fragrant mint with needlelike leaves used as a seasoning in cooking


rose·​mary | \ ˈrōz-ˌmer-ē How to pronounce rosemary (audio) \
plural rosemaries

Medical Definition of rosemary

: a fragrant shrubby mint (Salvia rosmarinus synonym Rosmarinus officinalis) of southern Europe and Asia Minor that is the source of rosemary oil and was formerly used medicinally as a stimulant and carminative

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