Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “herb”


noun [C] uk   /hɜːb/ us    /ɝːb/
B1 a type of plant whose leaves are used in cooking to give flavour to particular dishes or in making medicine: dried/fresh herbs Basil, oregano, thyme, and rosemary are all herbs. A large range of herbs and spices are used in South Asian cookery.Types of plantHerbs and spices
(Definition of herb from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of herb?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “herb” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day


to throw or drop something carelessly

Word of the Day


Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More