fra·​grant | \ ˈfrā-grənt How to pronounce fragrant (audio) \

Definition of fragrant

: having a sweet or pleasant smell

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Other Words from fragrant

fragrantly adverb

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odorous, fragrant, redolent, aromatic mean emitting and diffusing scent. odorous applies to whatever has a strong distinctive smell whether pleasant or unpleasant. odorous cheeses should be tightly wrapped fragrant applies to things (such as flowers or spices) with sweet or agreeable odors. a fragrant rose redolent applies usually to a place or thing impregnated with odors. the kitchen was redolent of garlic and tomatoes aromatic applies to things emitting pungent often fresh odors. an aromatic blend of tobaccos

Examples of fragrant in a Sentence

The soup was fragrant with herbs and spices. the balsam fir is a favorite as a Christmas tree because it is so fragrant
Recent Examples on the Web The Nose Knows Not far from where the dance occurs, a fragrant sumac gives off lemony sweet aroma. Chadd Scott, Forbes, 4 Oct. 2021 There are also wonderful wineries and farms producing cheese and fragrant herbs. Kristen Shirley, Travel + Leisure, 4 Oct. 2021 Beth Schreibman-Gehring’s most vivid childhood memory of her family’s jewelry business is of the wild Fox Grapes that grew in fragrant abundance in a lot behind the venerable store. Beth Segal, cleveland, 1 Oct. 2021 Eventually the fragrant, flowering trees will grow tall enough to make the platform appear to be floating above the vines. New York Times, 24 Sep. 2021 Sure enough, his steamed egg custard, fragrant with sesame oil, gets finished with bird’s-eye chiles, fish sauce and lime juice — a very Thai touch. Washington Post, 22 Sep. 2021 Cook sunflower, sesame, and fennel seeds in hot oil in a small skillet over medium heat, stirring often, until fragrant and golden, 1 to 2 minutes. Dawn Perry, Country Living, 17 Sep. 2021 Somewhere through all this heat and dust, there’s the tiniest of fragrant chills in the air — it’s spice and pumpkin time! Jeanette Marantos, Los Angeles Times, 17 Sep. 2021 Pick colorful, feel-good plants such as summer coleus and petunia, fall aster and black-eyed Susan, winter’s fragrant golden Mexican orange and camellia sasanqua, and your favorite spring flowers. oregonlive, 8 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of fragrant

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fragrant

Middle English, from Latin fragrant-, fragrans, from present participle of fragrare to be fragrant

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9 Oct 2021

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“Fragrant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of fragrant

: having a pleasant and usually sweet smell


fra·​grant | \ ˈfrā-grənt How to pronounce fragrant (audio) \

Kids Definition of fragrant

: sweet or pleasant in smell

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