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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 Remove and discard thyme sprigs, bay leaf and garlic cloves. People Staff,, 30 July 2022 Lettuce, chestnuts, cheese, and thyme sprigs can be prepared 2 to 3 days ahead and kept covered in the refrigerator. Krissa Rossbund, Better Homes & Gardens, 18 July 2022 Garnish with the thyme sprigs, if using, before serving family-style with additional crusty bread, sandwich rolls or potatoes and mustard, if using. Washington Post, 10 Feb. 2022 Good companions for cabbage include thyme, dill, chamomile, sage, and onions. Christopher Michel, Country Living, 18 July 2022 The gin is distilled with Mediterranean botanicals, primarily Calabrian bergamot and Capri lemons, as well as Arbequina olive, basil, thyme, and rosemary. Gabrielle Nicole Pharms, Harper's BAZAAR, 8 July 2022 Add the bell pepper, onion, thyme, garlic, Scotch bonnet pepper, salt and allspice and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables soften slightly but are still crisp, about 2 minutes. Ellie Krieger, Washington Post, 7 July 2022 Tandoori, with saffron, paprika, cumin, and cardamom; and Za’atar, which includes sumac, thyme, mint, and Aleppo pepper. Ann Trieger Kurland,, 21 June 2022 The sunshine-in-a-bottle spirit is infused with lemons from Capri and Calabrian bergamot, along with the distiller’s four core botanicals: Italian sweet basil, rosemary from Greece, Turkish thyme, and Arbequina olives from Spain. Elizabeth Brownfield, Forbes, 11 June 2022 See More

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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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“Thyme.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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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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