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

In a large bowl, toss together cauliflower, onion, rosemary, oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Redbook Test Kitchen, Redbook, "Ham, Cheese and Cauliflower Galette," 20 Aug. 2018 Place tomatoes on the vine and rosemary in skillet, drizzle with 2 teaspoon oil and season with salt and pepper. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Seared Steak with Blistered Tomatoes," 17 Aug. 2018 The smell of incense/rosemary still in the air, one friend observed the drink could have been named Spencer Gifts Is Burning Down. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "It's a bar. It's a restaurant. It's the out-of-ordinary Snack Boys in Walker's Point," 1 May 2018 Mix with grapefruit juice and add a sprig of thyme or rosemary. Andrew Richdale, Marie Claire, "A Bubbly Buyer's Guide," 23 Nov. 2016 About halfway through the roasting, approximately 45 minutes, add the garlic, thyme, and rosemary. Daniel Boulud, ELLE Decor, "Leg of Lamb with Spring Vegetables Recipe," 7 Apr. 2010 Through large windows with no shutters, a breeze scented with lavender and rosemary rushes over the grapes, an ancient process of drying known as appassimento that concentrates the fruit as moisture dissipates. Christopher Ross, WSJ, "The Hidden Valley in the Italian Alps Where Winemakers Are Working Against Nature," 15 Feb. 2019 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

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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 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 (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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