rose·​mary | \ ˈrōz-ˌmer-ē \
plural rosemaries

Definition of rosemary

: a fragrant shrubby Mediterranean mint (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

During the moonlit celebration, Lea also reunited with Scream Queens co-stars Emma Roberts and Billie Lourd, who posed for this photo with a sprig of rosemary pulled from her folded dinner napkin. Hanna Lustig, Teen Vogue, "Lea Michele Celebrated Her Engagement With Friends Emma Roberts, Ashley Tisdale, and Hilary Duff," 30 July 2018 In Ireland, my mum used rosemary and thyme in every Sunday dinner. Jennifer Goldstein, Marie Claire, "Lupita Nyong'o & Saoirse Ronan Teamed Up to Create Your New Go-To Perfume," 22 Aug. 2018 But your guests will love the smell and natural aesthetic that a few sprigs of rosemary and a cinnamon stick can bring to the table. Chanel Vargas, Town & Country, "16 Stylish Thanksgiving Table Decorating Ideas," 6 Aug. 2018 Small pots of rosemary and basil dispense their fragrances throughout the place, and the tables are simple but stylish, with neat white mats and wine served in tiny tumblers. Maresa Manara, Condé Nast Traveler, "19 Best Spots for Aperitivo in Rome," 1 Mar. 2018 When the butter is melted, add fresh rosemary to the hot skillet. Sarah Fritsche, San Francisco Chronicle, "Recipe: Ayesha Curry’s Grilled Cheese With Rosemary Butter," 12 Apr. 2018 Start with a plate of goodies from the raw bar, then try the oyster brochettes with remoulade or the cod with rosemary and potatoes—and it's known throughout Provincetown for its service. Todd Plummer, Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Best Day Trips From Boston," 9 Aug. 2018 The chain known for uniting craft beer and specialty pies -- sriracha shrimp with pineapple and the red grape pizza with Gorgonzola and fresh rosemary -- launches a 145-seat location in August at Clay Terrace in Carmel. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "18 new restaurants in Carmel, Noblesville, Westfield and Indianapolis' north side," 27 June 2018 Controfiletto di Maiale al Profumo di Rosmarino Berkshire pork chop with perfumed with rosemary and sautéed shallot. Fox News, "12 Easter dinner dishes for a super Sunday," 21 Mar. 2016

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First Known Use of rosemary

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rosemary

Middle English rosmarine, from Anglo-French rosemarin, from Latin rosmarinus, from ror-, ros dew + marinus of the sea; akin to Sanskrit rasa sap, juice — more at marine

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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 \

Kids Definition of rosemary

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


rose·​mary | \ ˈrōz-ˌmer-ē \
plural rosemaries

Medical Definition of rosemary

: a fragrant shrubby mint (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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