\ˈtīm also ˈthīm \

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

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She was asked to wash the rice for lunch, while Munira's sister-in-law, who had flown in from Egypt after Grenfell to help her family, helped her get the right amount of butter and fresh thyme. Andrea Park, Glamour, "Read Meghan Markle's Heartfelt Foreword to the Together Charity Cookbook," 19 Sep. 2018 For mental clarity, try this blend of kale, cucumber, blue green algae, thyme and pineapple, Alexandra Tunell, Harper's BAZAAR, "10 Best Juices to Try in New York City," 12 Feb. 2015 Toss together squash, thyme, and 2 tablespoons oil on two large rimmed baking sheets. Anna Helm Baxter, Country Living, "Farro-and-Acorn Squash Salad," 30 Oct. 2018 Add cooked lentils, tahini, lemon juice, oil, cumin, thyme, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper, then process, scraping down the sides as necessary, until smooth. Joy Bauer, Ms, Woman's Day, "Lentil Hummus," 25 Oct. 2018 When fully mixed, add bay leaves, thyme and potatoes. Judy Walker,, "A-tten-tion! A Marine shares his New England Clam Chowder (not soup)," 20 Feb. 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 The Hermione Candle in the clever scent combination of cedar and thyme. Katelyn Chef, Teen Vogue, "5 Harry Potter Holiday Candles," 9 Nov. 2018 There's Hermoine, which smells of cedar and thyme; Sabrina, which smells of patchouli and bergamot; and Willow, which smells of palo santo, a wood known for its protective properties. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "11 Halloween Beauty Launches for Spooky Makeup and Skin-Care Products," 9 Oct. 2018

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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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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


\ˈtīm also ˈthīm\

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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