tar·​ra·​gon ˈter-ə-ˌgän How to pronounce tarragon (audio)
 also  -gən
: a small widely cultivated perennial artemisia (Artemisia dracunculus) having aromatic narrow usually entire leaves
also : its leaves used as a seasoning

Examples of tarragon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sit on the arched terrace for a chicken tarragon salad lunch and local gossip. Mosha Lundström Halbert, Vogue, 20 Dec. 2023 Load up on leeks, peas, carrots, thyme, and tarragon for a burst of freshness. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 1 Nov. 2023 This tomato tarragon candle from Apotheke has a garden fresh scent with notes of orange zest to keep their kitchen smelling a summer trip to the farmer’s market all year long. Anne Loreto Cruz, Bon Appétit, 7 Nov. 2023 Hibiscus tea, tarragon sprigs, and tonic water stir together into a wonderfully unique drink. Hallie Milstein, Southern Living, 20 Sep. 2023 Flavor goat cheese with lemon and tarragon for the creamy filling. 09 Spicy Sweet Potato Crostini Go ahead and consider this your staple appetizer for fall. Patricia S York, Southern Living, 18 Sep. 2023 Tarragon Chicken Salad Combine roasted chicken breasts with mayo, sour cream and tarragon for a simple and delicious creamy chicken salad. Aaron Hutcherson, Washington Post, 7 Aug. 2023 The dish features spinach, broad beans and tarragon, and a tutorial video of a palace chef preparing the dish was shared along with instructions. Antonia Debianchi, Peoplemag, 27 Apr. 2023 Flavors include red plumbs and strawberries mid palate, some textured tarragon on the finish. Tom Mullen, Forbes, 11 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History


Middle French targon, from Medieval Latin tarchon, from Middle Greek, from Arabic ṭarkhūn

First Known Use

1538, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tarragon was in 1538

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“Tarragon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tarragon. Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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