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

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Stir in the garlic; cook for 30 to 45 seconds or until fragrant and just turning golden. Bonnie S. Benwick, Washington Post, "Fresh tomatoes are the stars of this bread-filled, comforting and speedy stew," 6 Aug. 2019 Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spread the almonds on a baking sheet, and toast until fragrant and slightly darkened, 15 to 18 minutes, turning occasionally with a metal spatula. Wolfgang Puck, Twin Cities, "Wolfgang Puck: Lighten up your summer dessert with seasonal stone fruit," 17 July 2019 Pinch a sheet of nori on one end with your fingers and wave and flap it 3 to 4 inches over the flame until fragrant and slightly crisper, 15 to 20 seconds. Genevieve Ko,, "Master Class: Michelin-starred n/naka chefs on how to make the perfect onigiri," 13 June 2019 The much more plentiful black truffle—which is less costly, fragrant and tasty than its cousin—grows all over Italy and in other countries including France. Eric Sylvers, WSJ, "Foodies Rejoice as White Truffle Prices Sink," 1 Dec. 2018 Stir in Arborio rice and continue to cook until rice starts smelling fragrant and toasted. Nicole Sours Larson,, "White fish & vegetables," 9 July 2018 Ditch the mac salad for this citrus and avocado salad with orange water, a fragrant and refreshing hit of citrus and crunchy pistachios. Catherine Urban, Bon Appetit, "It’s Barbecue Season, So Your June Horoscope Comes with a BBQ Side for Every Sign," 1 June 2018 Add mushrooms and cook, stirring regularly, until mushrooms turn soft and fragrant and many have browned, about 10 minutes. Leah Eskin,, "Mushrooms meet sherry and cream for a memorable toast topping," 30 May 2018 More from Nik Sharma This particular clam broth (which also works well with mussels) is inspired by the flavors of Southern coastal regions of India, with the nutty scent of coconut and fragrant curry leaves. Nik Sharma,, "Brown Kitchen: Clams in Curry Leaf Tomato Broth," 19 July 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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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

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fragrantly adverb

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