Marjoram definition

märjər-əm
A perennial Mediterranean plant (Origanum majorana) in the mint family, having small, purplish to white flowers and opposite leaves.
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The leaves of this plant used as a seasoning.
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Any of a number of perennial plants of the mint family, esp. sweet marjoram.
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A herb of the mint family, Origanum majorana, having aromatic leaves.
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The leaves of this plant used in flavouring food.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
marjoram
Plural:
marjorams

Origin of marjoram

  • Middle English majorane from Old French from Medieval Latin maiorana

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French majorane (cf. French marjolaine, Italian maggiorana, Portuguese manjerona, Spanish mejorana), from Medieval Latin majorana, from Latin amaracus, from Ancient Greek ἀμάρακος (amarakos). Compare Sanskrit मरुव (“marjoram"), with influence from Latin major (“greater").

    From Wiktionary