fra·​grant ˈfrā-grənt How to pronounce fragrant (audio)
: having a sweet or pleasant smell
fragrantly adverb
Choose the Right Synonym for fragrant

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
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Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fragrant was in the 15th century

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“Fragrant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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fra·​grant ˈfrā-grənt How to pronounce fragrant (audio)
: having a sweet or agreeable smell
fragrantly adverb

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