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[frey-gruh nt] /ˈfreɪ grənt/
having a pleasant scent or aroma; sweet-smelling; sweet-scented:
a fragrant rose.
delightful; pleasant:
fragrant memories.
Origin of fragrant
late Middle English
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.
1. perfumed, odorous, redolent, aromatic.
1. malodorous, noisome. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Excellent American cherries were these, but not so fragrantly sweet as my cousin's cherries.

    The Promised Land Mary Antin
  • As she swept into the room she collided with him, softly, fragrantly.

    We Can't Have Everything Rupert Hughes
  • These sentiments are the soil in which the religious sentiment can best germinate, grow, bud, and fragrantly bloom.

  • And how fragrantly the hot bacon sizzled and spluttered in the pan!

    Boy Scouts in Glacier Park Walter Prichard Eaton
  • But we set to with a will, and were soon crouching over a good fire on which a pot of deer-meat was fragrantly simmering.

  • Confetti tangled in coppery hair, a wilful mouth, fragrantly painted, and phantomlike swans on a black lake.

    The Three Black Pennys Joseph Hergesheimer
  • The end of a kitchen table, set with blue-and-white dishes and cups that steamed, fragrantly separated them.

    The Seven Darlings Gouverneur Morris
  • Yet in a moment, when she had come all rustlingly and fragrantly close, "It would captivate me," he handsomely added.

    The Outcry Henry James
British Dictionary definitions for fragrantly


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 fragrantly



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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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