Definition of clary in US English:



  • An aromatic herbaceous plant of the mint family, some kinds of which are used as culinary and medicinal herbs.

    Genus Salvia, family Labiatae: several species, in particular the southern European S. sclarea, which is used in perfumery and from which an essential oil (clary sage) is obtained

    • ‘Aromatherapists often suggest using the oils of birch, lavender, black pepper, clary, ginger and marjoram to alleviate backache.’
    • ‘On shelves in one bedroom were dozens of bottles of essential oils: clary sage, cinnamon, tea tree and carrot seed.’
    • ‘These beautiful cards feature four of Plantlife's Back from the Brink species: juniper, pillwort, chamomile and meadow clary.’
    • ‘Add 10 drops of an essential oil with a calming fragrance, like clary sage.’
    • ‘Our free plants have included annuals such as purple and pink clary, Californian poppies, English marigolds, and red nasturtiums.’


Late Middle English: from obsolete French clarie, from medieval Latin sclarea.