jas·​mine | \ ˈjaz-mən How to pronounce jasmine (audio) \
variants: or less commonly \ ˈje-​smən How to pronounce jessamine (audio) , 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 Meanwhile, ingredients like jasmine and ylang-ylang leave a subtle, delicate scent on the skin. Tanisha Pina, NBC News, "7 best hand creams to gift for the 2019 holidays," 6 Dec. 2019 There's the feminine eau de parfum, which has fruity top notes like pear and grapefruit, rich floral heart notes like tuberose and jasmine, and a sweet yet musky base of honey and tonka. Marci Robin, Allure, "Hello, Lionel Richie Launched the Fragrance You're Looking For," 23 Nov. 2019 There are brilliant orange-pink lantanas, red desert roses, flowering jasmine and an apple and a fig tree. New York Times, "‘Our Patience Is Over’: Why Iraqis Are Protesting," 20 Nov. 2019 Like jasmine and gardenia, the flower’s aroma has an under-funk of indole, a molecule that’s also present in (sorry) feces. April Long, Town & Country, "Is Tuberose the Sexiest Fragrance Note?," 13 Sep. 2019 But in the 17th century, Bagheria, cradled on a gentle slope between mountains and sea, was the summer retreat of nobility from nearby Palermo—a place where lush gardens of bougainvillea and jasmine surrounded graceful neoclassical villas. Ros Belford, Condé Nast Traveler, "Take Over an Entire 18th-Century Mansion On Your Next Trip to Sicily," 14 Nov. 2019 In Cherry Creek, reishi mushroom, jasmine tocos and more adaptogens ($2) can be added to any beverage or bowl and are said to help regulate stress. Josie Sexton, The Know, "Vegan, vegetarian, whatever: Denver gets two new restaurants dedicated to plant-based fare," 1 Oct. 2019 For example, give a jasmine diffuser to your sister-in-law who loves the scent, or a charcuterie board set to your friend who entertains on the regular. Andra Chantim, Good Housekeeping, "Is It Really OK to Regift? Etiquette Experts Weigh In," 30 Sep. 2019 The red blend of Grolleau, Gamay and Côt (the fancy French word for Malbec) from the Loire Valley was a thrilling bait and switch that smelled like wet Redwoods in a barnyard, covered by flowering star jasmine. Marissa A. Ross, Bon Appétit, "The Wine That Changed My Life Has a New Vintage, and I Can't Stop Thinking About It," 27 Sep. 2019

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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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20 Jan 2020

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“Jasmine.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jasmine. Accessed 28 January 2020.

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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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