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 Stir in the hot paprika and remaining 5 tablespoons sweet paprika and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Christopher Kimball,, "Recipes: Three hearty stews that let you skip a step," 5 Jan. 2021 In a small, dry skillet over medium-high heat, toast the pistachios, stirring frequently, until fragrant, 3 to 5 minutes. Washington Post, "Figs stuffed with goat cheese are the low-effort, high-flavor appetizer you need," 17 Dec. 2020 Add chopped garlic and chopped rosemary and cook, stirring, until fragrant, 1 minute. Kate Merker, Country Living, "Steak with Creamy Mushrooms and Spinach," 13 Dec. 2020 Swallowing a cloud, especially a warm one floating in fragrant broth, will make the labor worth every last minute. Washington Post, "Vegetarian wontons are a delight to eat in this light, fragrant soup," 20 Dec. 2020 Clusters of three to six flowers are fragrant and bloom in early spring through April. oregonlive, "Need tips on increasing blooms on climbing roses? Ask an expert," 19 Dec. 2020 Synthetic fragrances allow candles to be more fragrant when unlit, LaVanier says. Jura Koncius, Washington Post, "Candles are comforting us in a dark year. Here’s how to choose the right one for you.," 16 Dec. 2020 The paper-thin slices of meat are fragrant with sesame and soy, and cooked until just browned. Los Angeles Times, "Where to order takeout and delivery in Koreatown," 13 Dec. 2020 Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until butter is bubbling and garlic is fragrant, 3 to 4 minutes. Dawn Perry, Country Living, "Parmesan and Garlic Quick Bread," 13 Dec. 2020

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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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18 Jan 2021

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“Fragrant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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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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