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

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
Recent Examples on the Web Each dish is getting its final touch, the kitchen is warm and fragrant; everyone is hungry and there’s so much anticipation around the meal. Café Appliances, Bon Appétit, "How One Bon Appétit Editor Makes Dinner Guests Feel Like Family," 26 Nov. 2019 Stir in the garlic and rosemary and salt and cook for 3 to 4 minutes, until the garlic is golden and fragrant. Addie Broyles,, "Cold front coming? Here are 6 soup recipes to keep you warm," 25 Nov. 2019 Adorned in turn-of-the-century style with wreaths, garlands, greenery and a towering fir tree, the mansion offers a charming and fragrant glimpse into the past. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "Here's where to see the best Christmas lights around Arizona," 22 Nov. 2019 Note: To toast the pecans, spread them out on a baking sheet and bake them in a 325-degree oven, stirring once and twice, until golden and fragrant, 10 to 15 minutes. The New York Times News Service Syndicate, The Denver Post, "The sous-vide machine to the rescue," 20 Nov. 2019 Papad, dipped in Bombay South’s cool and fragrant raita ($3.95) is my ideal snack. Anchorage Daily News, "Bombay South offers solid comfort food to beat that late-autumn slump," 6 Nov. 2019 The sugar in the marinade — fragrant with fish sauce, lemongrass, shallots, chiles and garlic — caramelizes on the outside of the meat, while the meat inside those crackly charred edges stays juicy. Los Angeles Times, "Up your summer grilling game with lemongrass-marinated Vietnamese pork chops," 20 Aug. 2019 Cook, stirring until warm and fragrant, about 3 minutes. Cynthia Sass, Mph,, "What to Know About Pumpkin Spice Lattes, From a Nutritionist Who Loves Them," 13 Aug. 2019 Musky with notes of soil and discolored paper, fragrant with possibility. Mitchell Kuga, Condé Nast Traveler, "Writing My Love Story at the Strand, New York’s Most Iconic Bookstore," 3 June 2019

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

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30 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Fragrant.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 8 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of fragrant

: having a pleasant and usually sweet smell


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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