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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Another was benzyl acetate, which is part of the character of jasmine, and linalool, which is a fresh clean smell. Ellen Byron, WSJ, "Smell of Success: What It Takes to Be a Top Perfumer," 22 Feb. 2019 The first candle, Witches' Brew, has a top note of cinnamon, a mid note of jasmine, and base notes of patchouli and woody vanilla for a scent that's sweet, yet a little otherworldly. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "Yankee Candle Is Releasing Two New Scary-Good Halloween Candles This Week," 21 Aug. 2018 Orto Botanico di Firenze or Giardino dei Semplici Via Pier Antonio Micheli, 3, 50121 Florence, IT The main note in Dr. Vranjes’s Firenze fragrance is a sweet white jasmine, dedicated to the city. Ahnna Lee, Vogue, "Tour the Romantic Florentine Gardens That Inspire Artisanal Perfume," 23 July 2018 And as the non-alcoholic cocktail movement grows, make sure to sample Oxalis’s menu of housemade sodas, sustainably made with kitchen extras like parsley and jasmine. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "The New York City Restaurants to Know This Winter," 4 Feb. 2019 Protect against sweat and bad vibes with Myro’s unisex aluminum-, paraben-, and talc-free deodorants that release surprising scents like jasmine, lavender, and vetiver. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "5 Easy Ways to Jump-Start Your Fitness Goals in 2019," 12 Jan. 2019 The rich soil allows for the world's best rose and jasmine flowers to bloom, which is why classic fragrance houses like Chanel and Dior formulate and manufacture their scents in Grasse. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "A Huda Beauty Perfume Is Coming—Here's What We Know," 25 July 2018 What's more, the Pixi Retinol Tonic is like a big ol' multivitamin for your face, boasting antioxidants, plumping peptides, and soothing jasmine flower. Sophie Wirt, Allure, "Pixi by Petra Launches the First-Ever Retinol Tonic," 19 July 2018 Those key notes are blended with black pepper, lemon sfuma, magnolia grandiflora, jasmine absolute, olibanum essential oil, and Ambrox Super. Marci Robin, Glamour, "Lupita Nyong'o and Saoirse Ronan Are Bare-Faced in New Calvin Klein Campaign—and the Photos Are Gorgeous," 16 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 How to pronounce jasmine (audio) \

Kids Definition of jasmine

: a usually climbing plant of warm regions with fragrant flowers

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