Definition of tarragon in US English:



  • A perennial plant of the daisy family, with narrow aromatic leaves that are used as a culinary herb.

    Artemisia dracunculus, family Compositae

    • ‘The salad garden grows colorful lettuce, basil, tarragon and trellised peas.’
    • ‘I like mine with tarragon, curry powder and a light dash of hot sauce.’
    • ‘We live in an apartment, and although we do grow some things - mint, sage, thyme, tarragon, rosemary - rhubarb is not one of them.’
    • ‘In a food processor, combine the panko bread crumbs and tarragon leaves and pulse until combined.’
    • ‘French tarragon and chives in particular benefit from a cool period.’
    • ‘Harvest culinary and medicinal herbs like lemon balm, mint, French tarragon, summer savory and basil before they go to seed.’
    • ‘A whisper of herbs - rosemary and tarragon - perfume this wine, along with the flavor of melons.’
    • ‘The aniseed herbs, chervil, tarragon and fennel seem especially appropriate for summer.’
    • ‘The choice of herb tends to be decided by availability but in an ideal world, it would be a mix of flat-leaf parsley, chives and tarragon.’
    • ‘Also I couldn't find tarragon and chervil, so I just used mesclun salad greens with a bit of edible flowers.’
    • ‘Chanterelles are also fantastic in risottos and pasta dishes, and marry well with flat-leaf parsley or tarragon.’
    • ‘I picked up Thai basil this week which I cannot grow and a couple of French tarragon plants to replace the ones that the slugs had for lunch one day last week.’
    • ‘I usually have a pot of parsley on the kitchen windowsill, as well as some tarragon and thyme.’
    • ‘Choose five of the following fresh herbs: flat-leaf parsley, chives, mint, chervil, basil, dill, tarragon.’
    • ‘Garden-fresh smells abound, with tarragon, coriander and, you guessed it, Colorado tree moss.’
    • ‘Or why not make a large frittata with eggs and ricotta, and spice it up with bacon and a herb such as basil, tarragon or chervil?’
    • ‘But if you harvest hardy woody perennials such as thyme, savory, and tarragon heavily now, you can weaken the plants.’
    • ‘Dill, lemon balm, chives, tarragon are just a few examples.’
    • ‘Line the base of the steamer with lettuce leaves and scatter with the basil, tarragon and rosemary.’
    • ‘Flat-leaf parsley, chervil or tarragon all work nicely in there, too.’


Mid 16th century: representing medieval Latin tragonia and tarchon, perhaps from an Arabic alteration of Greek drakōn ‘dragon’ (by association with drakontion ‘dragon arum’).