: 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 Late spring, after threat of frost has passed Like many herbs, thyme leaves produce fragrant compounds that give plants a sharp taste and scent. Kim Toscano, Southern Living, 28 June 2024 This tasting features Spain’s Gin Mare, created with Spanish olives, basil and thyme for a taste profile that’s more herbaceous and less juniper-forward than some popular American and English gins. Chris Kelly, Washington Post, 21 June 2024 Fresh thyme delivers a strong herbal flavor, with floral notes similar to lavender and rosemary. Robin Miller, The Arizona Republic, 29 Feb. 2024 The chicken is nestled back into the skillet, with the skin above the liquid line to maintain its crispiness, along with fresh sprigs of thyme, and cooked in the oven until tender. Tribune News Service, Hartford Courant, 9 Jan. 2024 See all Example Sentences for thyme 

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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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Thyme.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 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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