any of several aromatic herbs belonging to the genus Origanum, of the mint family, especially O. majorana (sweet marjoram) having leaves used as seasoning in cooking.
Compare oregano.

1350–1400; Middle English majorane < Medieval Latin majorana, variant of majoraca, alteration of Latin amāracus < Greek amā́rakos marjoram Unabridged
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marjoram (ˈmɑːdʒərəm)
1.  Also called: sweet marjoram an aromatic Mediterranean plant, Origanum (or Marjorana) hortensis, with small pale purple flowers and sweet-scented leaves, used for seasoning food and in salads: family Lamiaceae (labiates)
2.  oregano See also origanum wild marjoram, pot marjoram, Also called: origan a similar and related European plant, Origanum vulgare
[C14: via Old French majorane, from Medieval Latin marjorana]

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Word Origin & History

1373, from O.Fr. majorane (13c.), from M.L. maiorana, of uncertain origin, probably ult. from India (cf. Skt. maruva- "marjoram"), with form infl. by L. major "greater."
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Example sentences
Add the stock to the meat, sprinkle in bay leaves and marjoram, set away in the low crock to cool.
Before serving, sprinkle with fresh, chopped marjoram.
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