Definition of sesame in US English:



  • 1A tall annual herbaceous plant of tropical and subtropical areas of the Old World, cultivated for its oil-rich seeds.

    Sesamum indicum, family Pedaliaceae

    • ‘Most of the crops are from dry land including groundnuts, sunflower, green gram, sesame and soya.’
    • ‘The farmers in the village grew ragi, cow pea, pigeon pea, green gram, jowar, horse gram and sesame.’
    • ‘Maize and sesame are common in the irrigated farms along the Wabe Sha ile River.’
    1. 1.1 The edible seeds of the sesame plant, which are used whole or have the oil extracted.
      • ‘Pour black sesame seeds into one small shallow bowl and white seeds into another.’
      • ‘Then I topped a gargantuan sesame seed bagel with a layer of creamy butter and a thick chunk of Gouda before biting into it.’
      • ‘She cut off a piece off a large sesame seed loaf and toasted it whilst looking at the spreads.’
      • ‘On the living room table are three huge salad bowls and onions, tomatoes, feta cheese, sesame seeds, beetroot, celery, spinach and garlic.’
      • ‘They cost about 7 dollars and they are served on an oversized sesame seed bun with lettuce, tomatoes, onion rings and fries.’
      • ‘I went for the turkey combo with a sesame seed bagel, which was turkey, tomato, cheese and baby spinach.’
      • ‘I look at the people in the cars all being served with processed meat on sesame seed buns.’
      • ‘Two onions, a blueberry, a sesame seed, and two egg bagels, still hot, lay nestled at the bottom.’
      • ‘They are obvious to the naked eye but get no larger than a sesame seed.’
      • ‘One oil commonly used in stir-frying is sesame seed oil, which has a high specific heat so you cook faster, leading to a fresher final dish.’
      • ‘Costing a mere €7.20, this light potato pancake was filled with kimchi and served with soy sauce, sesame seeds, garlic and finely chopped leeks.’
      • ‘Soybeans, sesame seeds, whole grains and wheat germ are good vegetarian sources of zinc.’
      • ‘They should know what really lurks between those sesame seed buns.’
      • ‘Add 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar, a dash or two of ground black pepper and a couple drops of sesame seed oil.’
      • ‘Moon Cake is named for an annual Chinese harvest festival during which people eat sweet cakes, often made partly with lotus or sesame seed and bean paste and generally shaped like the full moon the festival celebrates.’
      • ‘They can be found in cold-pressed olive oil, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds and marine oils.’
      • ‘Every last sesame seed had to be removed from his bread and the chef had to specifically prepare his vegetables to make sure they didn't contain any green beans, squash, or peas.’
      • ‘Shichimi is a mixture of chili peppers, pepper leaf, poppy seeds, mustard seeds, sesame seeds, rapeseeds, dried orange or lemon peel.’
      • ‘In a bowl, combine soy sauce and sesame seed oil.’
      • ‘It packs a powerful yet sensual punch, thanks to a blend of mint leaf, sesame seed and hazel wood.’


Late Middle English: via Latin from Greek sēsamon, sēsamē; compare with Arabic simsim.