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/ ˈfreɪ grənt /
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having a pleasant scent or aroma; sweet-smelling; sweet-scented: a fragrant rose.
delightful; pleasant: fragrant memories.



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Origin of fragrant

1400–50; late Middle English <Latin frāgrant- (stem of frāgrāns), present participle of frāgrāre to smell sweet



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What does fragrant mean?

Fragrant is most commonly used to describe things that have a pleasant scent, especially a strong one, as in These flowers are so fragrant. It can also be used to describe the scent itself.

Things that smell good are typically described as fragrant or aromatic, while things that smell bad might be described with the words smelly or stinky or the more formal terms odorous and odoriferous.

The word fragrant can also be used in a somewhat ironic or humorous way to refer to things that do not smell good, as in Your socks are a bit fragrant. 

The related noun fragrance refers to a pleasant scent, especially a somewhat strong one. Fragrance is especially associated with flowers.

Example: I always look forward to springtime, when the fragrant scent of freshly bloomed flowers fills the air.

Where does fragrant come from?

The first records of the word fragrant come from the 1400s. It comes from the Latin verb frāgrāre, meaning “to smell sweet.”

Fragrant is usually used to describe things that smell sweet or pleasant, especially flowers and perfume. It can also be used to describe the scent of a delicious-smelling food (the scent of such food is perhaps more commonly called an aroma than a fragrance). Describing something that smells bad as fragrant is usually done to be funny.

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How is fragrant used in real life?

Fragrant is most often used to describe the scent of flowers, perfumes, and other things that smell nice.



Try using fragrant!

Which of the following things could be described as fragrant?

A. perfume
B. flowers
C. herbs
D. all of the above

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British Dictionary definitions for fragrant

/ (ˈfreɪɡrənt) /


having a pleasant or sweet smell

Derived forms of fragrant

fragrantly, adverb

Word Origin for fragrant

C15: from Latin frāgrāns, from frāgrāre to emit a smell
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