jas·​mine | \ˈjaz-mən \
variants: or less commonly \ˈje-​smən, ˈje-​sə-​mən \

Definition of jasmine 

1a : any of numerous often climbing shrubs (genus Jasminum) of the olive family that usually have extremely fragrant flowers especially : a tall-climbing semievergreen Asian shrub (J. officinale) with fragrant white flowers from which oil is extracted for use in perfumes

b : any of numerous plants having sweet-scented flowers especially : yellow jessamine

2 : a light yellow

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Meghan's Bouquet Meghan carried a modest collection of forget-me-nots, sweet pears, lily of the valley, astilbe, jasmine, astrantia and a spring of myrtle. Kate Storey, Town & Country, "How Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's Wedding Compares to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's," 12 Oct. 2018 In Thailand, opt for khao phat, fried jasmine rice that, like so much of Thai cuisine, is given the fish sauce treatment. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Debatable Encyclopedia of Drunk Food," 1 Oct. 2018 Purple wintercreeper is replacing Asian jasmine as the full sun to part sun ground cover of choice. Neil Sperry, star-telegram, "It's time to make up ground in your garden with this guide to ground covers | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 23 May 2018 The arrangement was comprised of scented sweet peas, lily of the valley, astilbe, jasmine, astrantia and several flowers hand-picked by Harry from the couple's private garden at Kensington Palace. Tamara Abraham, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle's Royal Wedding Bouquet Is Surprisingly Similar to Kate's," 19 May 2018 The scent—a combo of light florals like jasmine, salted caramel, and pistachio—is probably the sexiest thing ever, and the butter provides a thick coating of hydrating moisturizers to leave my normally dry skin soft for hours on end. Rachel Jacoby Zoldan, SELF, "This Foot Cream Is Actually the Best Hand Cream of All Time," 12 Oct. 2018 Retinol and colloidal oatmeal deliver a brighter, more even skin tone, and jasmine helps calm and exfoliate skin. Alison Caporimo, Seventeen, "It's Official: You Should Always Shower At Night, Not in the Morning," 3 Oct. 2018 For readers with other ground covers, Asian jasmine generally requires cutting back at least once a year. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, "How and when to cut back liriope, monkey grass and other ground covers," 24 Feb. 2018 The Cut spoke to de Baez about New York coffee shops, arrabiata sauce, and her affinity for jasmine. Shannon Barbour, The Cut, "Carolina Herrera de Baez Loves the Smell of Wet Earth After a Storm," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of jasmine

1562, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for jasmine

Middle French jasmin, from Arabic yāsamīn, from Persian

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English Language Learners Definition of jasmine

: a plant that has flowers with a very pleasant and sweet smell


jas·​mine | \ˈjaz-mən \

Kids Definition of jasmine

: a usually climbing plant of warm regions with fragrant flowers

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