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[jaz-min, jas-] /ˈdʒæz mɪn, ˈdʒæs-/
any of numerous shrubs or vines belonging to the genus Jasminum, of the olive family, having fragrant flowers and used in perfumery.
any of several other plants having similar fragrant flowers, as the Carolina jessamine.
a pale-yellow color.
Also, jessamine.
Origin of jasmine
1555-65; < Middle French jasmin, variant of jassemin < Arabic yās(a)mīn < Persian yāsman, yāsmin
Related forms
jasmined, adjective
jasminelike, adjective


[jaz-min, jas-] /ˈdʒæz mɪn, ˈdʒæs-/
a female given name.
Also, Jasmin, Jasmina
[jaz-muh-nuh, jas-] /ˈdʒæz mə nə, ˈdʒæs-/ (Show IPA)
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  • He did both, and the jasmine lady might have found him dull.

  • The jasmine lady must have been practising on his poor little heart.

  • The aunt warned me; that Conway woman warned me; the jasmine Lady warned me.

  • And what if the salvia, as by a miracle, blossoms on the jasmine?

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • A breeze came through the open window, and with it the scent of jasmine.

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British Dictionary definitions for jasmine


/ˈdʒæsmɪn; ˈdʒæz-/
Also called jessamine. any oleaceous shrub or climbing plant of the tropical and subtropical genus Jasminum, esp J. officinalis: widely cultivated for their white, yellow, or red fragrant flowers, which are used in making perfume and in flavouring tea See also winter jasmine
any of several other fragrant shrubs with fragrant flowers, such as the Cape jasmine, yellow jasmine, and frangipani (red jasmine)
a light to moderate yellow colour
Word Origin
C16: from Old French jasmin, from Arabic yāsamīn, from Persian yāsmīn
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Word Origin and History for jasmine

1570s, from French jasmin (Middle French jessemin), from Arabic yas(a)min, from Persian yasmin (cf. Greek iasme, iasmelaion, name of a Persian perfume). The plant first was grown in England 16c.

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