tar·​ra·​gon | \ ˈter-ə-ˌgän How to pronounce tarragon (audio) , ˈta-rə- also -gən \

Definition of tarragon

: 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 The crisp, sturdy lettuce is swiped with a tangy and herbaceous green goddess-like blend of tarragon, chives, parsley, dill, spinach, green onions, champagne vinegar and crème fraîche. Rick Nelson, Star Tribune, "The 5 best things our food writers ate in the Twin Cities this week," 9 Apr. 2021 Herb butter: Finely chop any variety of herbs like parsley, thyme, rosemary, sage or tarragon. Katy Severson, chicagotribune.com, "How to make butter in a food processor," 27 Mar. 2021 Herbs: Anise, basil, bay laurel, borage, cardamom, chives, coriander, dill, borage, edible ginger, lemon balm, oregano, Mexican tarragon, mint, oregano, rosemary, sage, savory, sweet marjoram and thyme 15. Tom Maccubbin, orlandosentinel.com, "April in the Garden," 27 Mar. 2021 Like the one about how during the ice storm that paralyzed the city, even as Mon Chou Chou was barely able to open, chef Réa focused his anxiety on not having enough tarragon to make his bearnaise. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "Review: Brasserie Mon Chou Chou at the Pearl rates a near-perfect French restaurant experience," 25 Mar. 2021 Imagine the result of substituting cilantro for tarragon in your Béarnaise sauce. Washington Post, "In Irish whiskey’s resurgence, individuality reigns. Here’s how to celebrate it in cocktails.," 12 Mar. 2021 Its citrusy Lustre release is all about brightness, bringing together bitter orange peel, tarragon, lavender, bergamot, rose, lemongrass, Turkish Bay leaf, Ceylon black tea, lemon peel, Linden blossom, Orris root and coriander. Leslie Kelly, Forbes, "Wilderton Botanical Distillate Offers A Distinctly Northwest Take On NA Spirits," 12 Mar. 2021 Herbs: Anise, basil, bay laurel, borage, cardamon, chervil, chives, coriander, costmary, dill, fennel, ginger, lemon balm, sweet marjoram, Mexican tarragon, mint, oregano, rosemary, sage, thyme and watercress 6. Tom Maccubbin, orlandosentinel.com, "March in the Garden," 27 Feb. 2021 Stir in the garlic and tarragon and cook for 1 minute. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Four chicken soup recipes to soothe the soul this winter," 20 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of tarragon

1538, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tarragon

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

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The first known use of tarragon was in 1538

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15 Apr 2021

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“Tarragon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tarragon. Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of tarragon

: a small European herb that is used to flavor food

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