jas·​mine | \ ˈjaz-mən How to pronounce jasmine (audio) \
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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Examples of jasmine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Many plants, including jasmine, eucalyptus, and gardenias, offer pleasant fragrances too. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "How to Make Your House Smell Good (Okay, Amazing) All the Time," 22 Jan. 2021 Fragrant steamed jasmine rice would be a welcome accompaniment, either spooned directly into the bowl or offered on the side. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Four chicken soup recipes to soothe the soul this winter," 20 Jan. 2021 Less devoted seafood fans should try the khao tom pla ($16), a popular Thai street dish reminiscent of an unfinished congee, with silky slips of black cod and whole grains of soft jasmine rice floating in an intense and comforting ginger broth. Michael Russell, oregonlive, "One of Portland’s most exclusive restaurants now serves delicious noodle soups: Takeout diaries," 13 Jan. 2021 Built atop rich alluvial Ganges soil, the town is particularly suited to cultivating jasmine, vetiver, and Damask rose, which owes its name to Damascus but is native to central Asia. Travel, "This ancient town is the perfume capital of India," 4 Jan. 2021 Then add Asiatic jasmine, bromeliads, ferns or similar shade- and root-tolerant ground covers. Tom Maccubbin, orlandosentinel.com, "Snail and slug populations surge amid wet, warm weather," 12 Dec. 2020 Look for aromas of jasmine and roses just opening to release their scent, followed by flavors of wild berries and herbs. Washington Post, "Food-friendly wines to pair with your Thanksgiving dishes," 20 Nov. 2020 Viognier adds some jasmine and honeysuckle to the chenin’s apple and pear. Washington Post, "The top 12 wine bargains of 2020 include an outstanding boxed malbec for the equivalent of $5 a bottle," 23 Dec. 2020 Notes of jasmine and lavender have a naturally calming effect while the Brazilian rosewood lends a musky undertone. Sarah Vincelette, USA TODAY, "25 thoughtful get-well-soon gifts to send to loved ones," 9 Dec. 2020

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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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The first known use of jasmine was in 1562

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7 Feb 2021

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“Jasmine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jasmine. Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce jasmine (audio) \

Kids Definition of jasmine

: a usually climbing plant of warm regions with fragrant flowers

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