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 Rosemary Ginger Simple Syrup: In a small saucepan over medium heat, add 5 sprigs rosemary, 2 tablespoons grated ginger, 2 cups sugar and 2 cups water. Dallas News, "Our new favorite sandwich recipe: Prosciutto, Pear and Gorgonzola Grilled Cheese," 4 Nov. 2020 With scents including rosemary, peppermint, cedar and sage, Fulton & Roark’s hair and body cleanser also contain vitamins, essential oils and caffeine. Sean Piccoli, NBC News, "Best men's beard and grooming products, according to experts," 2 Nov. 2020 To experiment with different scents, snag a multipack of essential oils, like one from Artnaturals, which includes lavender, peppermint, rosemary, tea tree, frankincense, sweet orange, lemongrass, and eucalyptus. Amanda Tarlton, USA TODAY, "15 products that help with stress relief," 21 Oct. 2020 Quarter two small onions to add in, along with a few sprigs of fresh herbs (thyme, rosemary, sage, or some combination). Kate Merker, Good Housekeeping, "How to Prepare a Turkey for Roasting," 3 Oct. 2020 Garnish with some remaining sprigs of sage and thyme, but be careful with the rosemary, as a little goes a long way. Josie Adams, Bon Appetit, "33 Thanksgiving Turkey Recipes," 23 Oct. 2020 White beans and chicken are infused with the flavors of garlic, pancetta and rosemary in this one-pot dinner. Washington Post, "Instant Pot recipes for risotto, braised chicken, black bean soup and spaghetti," 21 Oct. 2020 Discard rosemary and bay leaf, then mash potatoes directly in slow cooker. Kate Merker, Woman's Day, "Slow-Cooker Rosemary Mashed Potatoes," 7 Oct. 2020 Combine the lemon zest and juice, shallot, rosemary and remaining oil in a jar with a lid and shake until well combined. Star Tribune, "Recipe: Roasted Butternut Squash Salad," 7 Oct. 2020

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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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12 Nov 2020

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“Rosemary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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How to pronounce rosemary (audio)

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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