from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of several aromatic Eurasian or Mediterranean plants of the genus Origanum, especially O. majorana or O. vulgare, having small, purplish to white flowers and opposite leaves. Also called sweet marjoram, wild marjoram.
  • n. The leaves of any of these plants used as a seasoning.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A herb of the mint family, Origanum majorana, having aromatic leaves.
  • n. The leaves of this plant used in flavouring food.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A genus of mintlike plants (Origanum) comprising about twenty-five species. The sweet marjoram (Origanum Majorana) is pecularly aromatic and fragrant, and much used in cookery. The wild marjoram of Europe and America is Origanum vulgare, far less fragrant than the other.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A plant of the genus Origanum, of several species, belonging to the natural order Labiatœ, or mint tribe.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. pungent leaves used as seasoning with meats and fowl and in stews and soups and omelets
  • n. aromatic Eurasian perennial


Middle English majorane, from Old French, from Medieval Latin maiorana.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French majorane (cf. French marjolaine, Italian maggiorana, Portuguese manjerona, Spanish mejorana), from Medieval Latin majorana, probably ultimately from Sanskrit. Compare Sanskrit[[Category:Template:+ terms derived from Sanskrit|marjoram]] मरुव ("marjoram"), with influence from Latin major ("greater"). (Wiktionary)



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