\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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In a small bowl, mix together onion powder, garlic powder, celery seeds, dried thyme, parsley, marjoram, and 1 teaspoon black pepper; reserve 1 tablespoon and store rest for another use. Julie Mazziotta,, "Laila Ali Proves That Gumbo Doesn't Have to Be Unhealthy with This Lightened-Up Recipe," 23 Mar. 2018 Whisk garlic, lime juice, fish sauce, cayenne, brown sugar, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, dried thyme, allspice, onion powder, black pepper, paprika, cinnamon, nutmeg, and 3 Tbsp. Bon Appetit, "Grilled Chicken with Banana Peppers," 19 Mar. 2018 Cook chopped onion, celery stalks (chopped), dried thyme, coarse salt, and pepper in 2 1/2 tablespoon olive oil in a pot over medium heat, stirring, until softened, 4 minutes. Lori Powell And Janis Jibrin, Good Housekeeping, "Cauliflower Soup," 7 Dec. 2017 This star-worthy gravy is made by simmering turkey wing drippings with chicken broth, chopped carrot and onions, and dried thyme. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Make-Ahead Turkey Gravy," 30 Aug. 2017 Add fresh thyme leaves and salt and pepper to taste. Terri Milligan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A better wurst? Organic Wisconsin brats are ready for your summer grill," 22 May 2018 Other flower vinegar combinations: Lavender-Vanilla: Place 8 stalks fresh lavender, including stems and flowers, 1 vanilla bean, split down the middle, and 4 sprigs fresh thyme in a 1-quart glass canning jar. Sarah Fritsche, San Francisco Chronicle, "Recipe: Ed Vigil’s Nasturtium Vinegar," 20 Apr. 2018 It's served with mashed potatoes, a carrot and rutabaga puree seasoned with thyme and local honey. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Zingerman's Cornman Farms turns into traditional English pie shop for March," 12 Mar. 2018 Add red pepper flakes, thyme, bay leaves and pepper, broth, clam juice and potatoes. Fox News, "Perfect Recipes for a Playoff Party," 20 Jan. 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


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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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