jas·​mine ˈjaz-mən How to pronounce jasmine (audio)
variants or less commonly jessamine
ˈje-sə-mən How to pronounce jasmine (audio)
: 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
: any of numerous plants having sweet-scented flowers
especially : yellow jessamine
: a light yellow

Illustration of jasmine

Illustration of jasmine
  • jasmine 1a

Examples of jasmine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Much of the quarter-acre plot is given over to cascading plant life — jacaranda and acacias on one terrace, followed by banana and guava trees, then lime trees, jasmine and honeysuckle and, on the lowest level, ivy and bamboo. Suleman Anaya Fabian Martinez, New York Times, 20 Sep. 2023 This fragrance stands out with its signature Burberry check fabric and notes of dark berries, jasmine, and musky amber that add warmth to the aroma. Angela Trakoshis, Allure, 30 Aug. 2023 The Zen Moment is a gin and St. Germain drink with jasmine tea. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, 11 Aug. 2023 At New York’s Thai Diner, the chef Ann Redding, 48, fills her cabbage rolls with turkey, mushrooms and jasmine rice and serves them in a coconut-milk broth perfumed by galangal, lemongrass and lime leaves. New York Times, 7 Sep. 2023 Created by the house’s perfumer, Olivier Polge, the latest lineup features zesty citron, jasmine, and ambery teak wood notes. Eliseé Browchuk, Vogue, 7 Sep. 2023 The brand's signature scent, Côte d'Azur, was developed in collaboration with one of the oldest French fragrance houses — and features notes of Calabrian bergamot, white butterfly jasmine, and sandalwood. Erika Reals, Peoplemag, 31 Aug. 2023 Notes of ylang-ylang, tuberose, jasmine, and vanilla swirl to imitate the sanctuary created by the English art collector and poet, Sir Edward James. Pia Velasco, ELLE, 31 Aug. 2023 From the salty air—courtesy of musk, sea salt, and driftwood notes—to lying under the warm sun for hours—which is perfectly replicated by a solar floral accord with neroli, jasmine, and orange flower—this fragrance is sheer summer perfection. Tiffany Dodson, Harper's BAZAAR, 26 June 2023 See More

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Word History


Middle French jasmin, from Arabic yāsamīn, from Persian

First Known Use

1562, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of jasmine was in 1562

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“Jasmine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jasmine. Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

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jas·​mine ˈjaz-mən How to pronounce jasmine (audio)
variants or jessamine
: any of numerous often climbing shrubs that are related to the olive and have extremely fragrant flowers
also : any of various plants noted for sweet-scented flowers

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