Definition of rosemary in English:



  • An evergreen aromatic shrub of the mint family, native to southern Europe. The narrow leaves are used as a culinary herb, in perfumery, and as an emblem of remembrance.

    • ‘Thyme, rosemary, marjoram and lavender will act as a magnet for bees and butterflies.’
    • ‘I also ignored the dried thyme that was provided in my bundle and used fresh thyme and rosemary because I had it on hand.’
    • ‘I chopped up a good amount of fresh mint leaves together with a little bit of rosemary needles and simply added to the cake batter.’
    • ‘I'm pleased that the island has an olive grove and a herb garden as I could live with just basil and rosemary in any cooking.’
    • ‘She took the breadcrumbs out and mixed them with oregano, basil, rosemary and black pepper.’
    • ‘Despite the sun, the island is luxuriantly green and the hot wind blows the balmy scents of lavender, rosemary and heather.’
    • ‘He also grows grapes, tomatoes, aubergines, peppers, squash, sage, thyme, rosemary and bay.’
    • ‘A white vinegar is typically used as the base and is infused with herbs such as thyme, rosemary, garlic or basil.’
    • ‘The nearest they get to outré culinary invention is a little garlic and rosemary with the roasted sea bass.’
    • ‘Fennel, rosemary, marjoram, garlic, and juniper berries are variously favoured aromatics in Italian pork cookery.’
    • ‘One example is procumbent rosemary, used extensively as a ground cover and sheared several times a year.’
    • ‘The Romans also spread plantings of rosemary and mint far and wide.’
    • ‘In front of the beech hedge, a patch of un-cultivated land overflowed with flowering thyme, rosemary and gorse.’
    • ‘Climbing roses, jasmine and honeysuckle were trained up the walls and rosemary and lavender borders lined the flower beds.’
    • ‘One of our family's favorite ways to enjoy rosemary is with these roasted potatoes.’
    • ‘You may pick a sprig of rosemary or thyme, or a few fronds of parsley or dill, but you'll pick an armload of basil.’
    • ‘Cook diced potatoes, garlic and rosemary in a few spoonfuls of the reserved goose fat for the crispest, crunchiest potatoes ever.’
    • ‘Make sachets of dried lavender or equal portions of rosemary and mint.’
    • ‘She recognized the smell of thyme, rosemary, sage, and lavender, but that was about it.’
    • ‘The flavour, however, is less sugary than you might be led to expect, salty and redolent of rosemary, garlic and vinegar.’


Middle English rosmarine, based on Latin ros marinus, from ros ‘dew’ + marinus ‘of the sea’. The spelling change was due to association with rose and Mary.