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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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 Flavors range from a blend of apple, lime and jasmine to watermelon plus mint and chili. Linda Mcintosh, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Spring Street Fair coming to Encinitas," 18 Apr. 2018 Visit with the gardener whose jasmine, rose, and tuberose are grown exclusively for Dior—her flowers bloom from May through mid-October—and learn about a family that’s been hand-picking the world’s most sought-after petals for generations. Fortune, "5 Spectacular, New Ways to Experience the French Countryside," 28 June 2018 It’s made of cornstarch and kaolin clay, among a few moisturizing ingredients like shea butter, and is scented with jasmine. Louise Green, SELF, "5 Tips for Avoiding Inner-Thigh Chafing This Summer," 5 July 2018 The SkyBridge at Skypark AJ Hackett Sochi overlooks the Black Sea coastline and forests filled with jasmine and rhododendron. Jamie Moore, USA TODAY, "The world’s 10 most amazing suspension bridges," 26 Apr. 2018 This also is useful for removing any cold damage that might have occurred during the winter and controlling the height of vining ground covers, such as Asian jasmine and English ivy. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, "How and when to cut back liriope, monkey grass and other ground covers," 24 Feb. 2018 The notes include watermelon, bergamot, juicy pineapple, apple blossom, peony petals, fresh jasmine, cedarwood, sunkissed amber, and musk. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kim Kardashian Is Dropping Three New Perfumes Inspired By Her Kimojis," 9 July 2018 Toji’s Treasure is made with City of London Dry Gin, Rihaku Dreamy Clouds Nigori Sake, jasmine green tea syrup and lemon juice. Grace Wong, chicagotribune.com, "8 boozy slushies you'll want to drink this summer," 24 May 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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