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Definition of thyme

1 : any of a genus (Thymus) of Eurasian mints with small pungent aromatic leaves especially : a Mediterranean garden herb (T. vulgaris)
2 : thyme leaves used as a seasoning

Examples of thyme in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Bougie Grandpa is a top-seller with Italian sausage and shiitake mushrooms, and the Mona Lisa — with confit garlic, shallots and fresh thyme sprigs — reveals Coleman’s culinary background. Amanda Albee, Dallas News, 1 June 2021 Amtrak's California Zephyr menu, for example, includes a $25 signature steak, thyme roasted chicken breast, and a black bean and corn veggie burger. Meena Thiruvengadam, Travel + Leisure, 27 May 2021 The plant is called Origanum syriacum—or, Syrian oregano—which Z&Z refers to as wild thyme. Brittany Arnett, Bon Appétit, 25 May 2021 Transfer mixture to a small pot, add oil and thyme, and set over medium heat. Gregory Gourdet, WSJ, 13 May 2021 Add herbs such as thyme and bay leaves and add butter. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 3 Nov. 2020 Za’atar is a blend of woodsy herbs such as thyme, marjoram, oregano and/or hyssop, sumac and sesame seeds that varies widely throughout the Middle East. Washington Post, 18 Oct. 2020 Top each biscuit with white Cheddar and a sprinkle of thyme. Nicole Hvidsten, Star Tribune, 5 May 2021 Sprinkle with thyme, zest, red pepper flakes, a generous pinch of sea salt. Julia O'malley, Anchorage Daily News, 15 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of thyme

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for thyme

Middle English, from Anglo-French time, thime, from Latin thymum, from Greek thymon, probably from thyein to make a burnt offering, sacrifice; akin to Latin fumus smoke — more at fume

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The first known use of thyme was in the 14th century

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“Thyme.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of thyme

: a sweet-smelling herb with small leaves that is used in cooking


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Kids Definition of thyme

: a mint with tiny fragrant leaves used especially in cooking


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Medical Definition of thyme

: any of a genus (Thymus) of mints with small pungent aromatic leaves especially : a garden herb (T. vulgaris) used in seasoning and formerly in medicine especially as a stimulant and carminative

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