za'a·​tar ˈzä-ˌtär How to pronounce za'atar (audio)
variants or less commonly zaatar
: a Middle Eastern spice blend made usually of dried herbs (such as thyme or marjoram), dried sumac (see sumac sense 3), and sesame seeds

Examples of za'atar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The casual restaurant serves pizzas on ciabatta crust, burgers, sandwiches, and starters like za'atar fries and Lebanese-style hummus. Emma Balter, Chron, 22 Mar. 2023

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Word History


borrowed from Arabic zaʻtar, saʻtar, ṣaʻtar "any of various herbs (as Origanum syriacum or Thymus serpyllum), a mixture of these herbs with sumac and sesame seeds"

First Known Use

1917, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of za'atar was in 1917

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“Za'atar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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