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”).
marjoram (plural marjorams)
- A herb of the mint family, Origanum majorana, having aromatic leaves.
- The leaves of this plant used in flavouring food.
- 1592-1609: The lily I condemned for thy hand, / And buds of marjoram had stol'n thy hair — William Shakespeare, Sonnet XCIX
- An etymological dictionary of the Latin language, 1828