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

Examples of thyme in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The sweetly alcoholic aroma of the brandy is ever apparent alongside the fresh, floral thyme. Jenn Harris, Los Angeles Times, 19 Feb. 2024 Keep it simple with seasonings; use thyme for chicken soups and winter stews, and oregano and basil for minestrone soups. Bridgette A. Lacy, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 Since October, students in the school’s agribusiness class have harvested collards, romaine lettuce, thyme, basil, bok choy and tatsoi (an Asian cabbage) in the school’s Grow Room. Journal Sentinel, 30 Jan. 2024 Guests have to untie the aluminum foil to unveil the steamy aromas of three Japanese mushrooms (shiitake, enoki and maitake), garlic butter, thyme and salt. Lily O'Neill, The Denver Post, 30 Jan. 2024 Add an alternative of thick gravel joints or actual plants like creeping thyme or kurapria. Kristin Guy, Sunset Magazine, 3 Jan. 2024 Add the chicken stock, thyme, bay leaf and apple cider vinegar. Lynda Balslev, The Mercury News, 5 Feb. 2024 Consider planting or purchasing these plants that ward off pests: lavender, lemongrass, mint, thyme, rosemary. Noor Adatia, Sacramento Bee, 31 Jan. 2024 Swift ordered Rye’s chicken and dumplings (with bacon, carrot, celery, onion, herb dumplings — $29) and a French Blonde to drink (Tom’s Town botanical gin, Lillet Blanc fresh grapefruit, St-Germain, thyme — $15). Jenna Thompson, Kansas City Star, 18 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Thyme.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


ˈtīm How to pronounce thyme (audio)
 also  ˈthīm
: any of a genus of Eurasian mints with small fragrant leaves
especially : one grown for use in seasoning food
: thyme leaves used as a seasoning

Medical Definition


ˈtīm also ˈthīm
: 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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