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fragrant

[frey-gruh nt] /ˈfreɪ grənt/
adjective
1.
having a pleasant scent or aroma; sweet-smelling; sweet-scented:
a fragrant rose.
2.
delightful; pleasant:
fragrant memories.
Origin of fragrant
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin frāgrant- (stem of frāgrāns), present participle of frāgrāre to smell sweet
Related forms
fragrantly, adverb
fragrantness, noun
nonfragrant, adjective
unfragrant, adjective
unfragrantly, adverb
Can be confused
flagrant, fragrant.
Synonyms
1. perfumed, odorous, redolent, aromatic.
Antonyms
1. malodorous, noisome.
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Examples from the Web for fragrant
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  • One fragrant breath of thee is as a waft of the joys of my youth!

    The Armourer's Prentices Charlotte M. Yonge
  • She seemed to be serving in a temple, making it clean and fragrant in the name of love.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • Her mother moaned when Alice showed them to her, fragrant in a basin of water.

    Alice Adams Booth Tarkington
  • Since they were very sweet and fragrant, he hoped to get a good price for them.

  • The man followed her as she led the way into the cool, fragrant drawing-room.

    Jan and Her Job L. Allen Harker
British Dictionary definitions for fragrant

fragrant

/ˈfreɪɡrənt/
adjective
1.
having a pleasant or sweet smell
Derived Forms
fragrantly, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Latin frāgrāns, from frāgrāre to emit a smell
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Word Origin and History for fragrant
adj.

mid-15c., from Latin fragrantem (nominative fragrans) "sweet-smelling," present participle of fragrare "emit (a sweet) odor," from PIE root *bhrag- "to smell" (cf. Middle High German bræhen "to smell," Middle Dutch bracke, Old High German braccho "hound, setter;" see brach).

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