Definition of tagetes in English:



  • A plant of the genus Tagetes in the daisy family, especially (in gardening) an African or French marigold.

    • ‘I presume that you wish to grow saffron for household culinary use and, if this is the case, may I suggest that you substitute either calendula petals or those of tagetes when cooking.’
    • ‘Plant tagetes as a pest-deterrent around your vegetable crops.’
    • ‘Applications for tagetes include coloring for pastas, vegetable oils, margarine, mayonnaise, salad dressings, baked goods, confectionery, dairy products, ice cream, yogurts, citrus juices and mustard.’
    • ‘This page contains information on tagetes and how it is used as a herb in alternative herbal treatments to treat ailments and problems, such as fungal infections and to deter insects and act as an insecticide.’
    • ‘African and French marigolds - tagetes - are also edible, the flowers and leaves providing a touch of lemon to savoury dishes.’


Modern Latin, from Latin Tages, the name of an Etruscan god.