ses·​a·​me ˈse-sə-mē How to pronounce sesame (audio)
ˈse-zə- How to pronounce sesame (audio)
: a widely cultivated chiefly tropical or subtropical annual erect herb (Sesamum indicum of the family Pedaliaceae)
also : its small seeds used especially as a source of oil and a flavoring agent

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Examples of sesame in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Jeff Whitworth’s phone has been constantly ringing, all because of a sesame seed-sized bug. Eleanor Nash, Kansas City Star, 26 June 2024 The housemade sesame rolls have the signature savory, extra-browned crust of Mama’s Too pizza; even more impressive, so does the chicken cutlet. New York Times, 18 June 2024 The brand also makes almond, oat, and black sesame milk. Kate Kassin, Bon Appétit, 17 June 2024 Sesame seeds Layer the ingredients under, around and on top of the hot dog, then top with a sprinkle of sesame seeds. Cody Godwin, USA TODAY, 14 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for sesame 

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Word History


alteration of earlier sesam, sesama, from Latin sesamum, sesama, from Greek sēsamon, sēsamē, of Semitic origin; akin to Akkadian šamaššamu sesame

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of sesame was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Sesame.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


ses·​a·​me ˈses-ə-mē How to pronounce sesame (audio)
: a hairy herb of warm regions that is grown for its seeds
also : its small somewhat flat seeds that are used as a source of oil and to flavor food

Medical Definition


ˈses-ə-mē also ˈsez-
: a widely cultivated annual erect herb (Sesamum indicum synonym S. orientale of the family Pedaliaceae)
also : its small somewhat flat seeds used as a source of sesame oil and a flavoring agent

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