fra·​grant | \ ˈfrā-grənt How to pronounce fragrant (audio) \

Definition of fragrant

: having a sweet or pleasant smell

Other Words from fragrant

fragrantly adverb

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odorous, fragrant, redolent, aromatic mean emitting and diffusing scent. odorous applies to whatever has a strong distinctive smell whether pleasant or unpleasant. odorous cheeses should be tightly wrapped fragrant applies to things (such as flowers or spices) with sweet or agreeable odors. a fragrant rose redolent applies usually to a place or thing impregnated with odors. the kitchen was redolent of garlic and tomatoes aromatic applies to things emitting pungent often fresh odors. an aromatic blend of tobaccos

Examples of fragrant in a Sentence

The soup was fragrant with herbs and spices. the balsam fir is a favorite as a Christmas tree because it is so fragrant
Recent Examples on the Web Add flour and stir until fragrant and golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 25 Apr. 2022 Give him some whiskey soaps—which are naturally fragrant and exfoliating—to help him out with that. Brittney Morgan And Kelly Allen, House Beautiful, 20 Apr. 2022 Increase the heat to medium-high and cook, stirring to keep the milk solids from sticking and burning at the bottom of the pan, for about 8 minutes, until the butter is very fragrant and nutty, and light-medium amber in color. New York Times, 16 Mar. 2022 Another recurring dish is suya, a popular street food consisting of steak strips that are tossed with yaji, a fragrant and fiery spice mix, then skewered, grilled, and presented on sheets of newspaper. David Kortava, The New Yorker, 25 Feb. 2022 Add garlic and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 2 May 2022 Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, 30 seconds. Washington Post, 14 Apr. 2022 Add the cumin and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Chuck Blount, San Antonio Express-News, 10 Jan. 2022 Ever-so-exotic-looking with long sprays of flowers in yellow and brown, Oncidium are often quite fragrant. San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of fragrant

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fragrant

Middle English, from Latin fragrant-, fragrans, from present participle of fragrare to be fragrant

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18 May 2022

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“Fragrant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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fra·​grant | \ ˈfrā-grənt How to pronounce fragrant (audio) \

Kids Definition of fragrant

: sweet or pleasant in smell

Other Words from fragrant

fragrantly adverb

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