fragrant

adjective
fra·​grant | \ ˈfrā-grənt \

Definition of fragrant

: having a sweet or pleasant smell

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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

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On a baking sheet, toss ½ cup walnuts with 1 tsp apple pie spice and roast at 400°F until fragrant, 10 minutes and roughly chop. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Pear & Walnut Salad," 21 Dec. 2018 Cook, scraping bottom of Dutch oven continuously with a wooden spoon to keep spices from burning, until fragrant, 1-2 minutes. Max Falkowitz, WSJ, "Flake News: Fresh Coconut Is Delicious," 23 Nov. 2018 To my mind, silvaner is a perfect wine for spring: light, fragrant, gentle and almost shy, like the first buds emerging from a bare tree branch. Eric Asimov, New York Times, "Silvaner, a Lovely yet Unloved Spring Wine, Needs Friends," 10 May 2018 Spread pecans on a rimmed baking sheet and roast until fragrant, 4 to 6 minutes; transfer to a cutting board and very roughly chop. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Farro, Apple, and Carrot Salad," 9 Oct. 2018 Add ⅔ cup pumpkin seeds and toast, stirring, until fragrant and beginning to pop, about 2 minutes. Eleanore Park, WSJ, "How to Win the Weekday Lunch Game," 30 Aug. 2018 Raise the heat, add tomato paste and cook, stirring, until fragrant and sizzling. Julia Moskin, charlotteobserver, "The art of the beef stew | Charlotte Observer," 10 Apr. 2018 Then add the black pepper, coriander, crushed red pepper flakes, turmeric, green and black cardamom pods, cloves and bay leaves; cook for 30 to 45 seconds, until fragrant. Joe Yonan, The Seattle Times, "Jaggery, tamarind and ghee: Nik Sharma sets a multicultural, seasonal table," 16 Oct. 2018 Photo: Congaree and Penn Two Brooks Farm in the Mississippi Delta produces a number of varieties, from Missimati Bayou Bouquet, a fragrant white basmati rice, to Beulah Land Tan, a whole long-grain brown rice. Osayi Endolyn, WSJ, "Why Chefs Are Elevating Rice to Star Ingredient Status," 13 July 2018

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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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fragrant

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of fragrant

: having a pleasant and usually sweet smell

fragrant

adjective
fra·​grant | \ ˈfrā-grənt \

Kids Definition of fragrant

: sweet or pleasant in smell

Other Words from fragrant

fragrantly adverb

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