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

Origin of fragrant

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin frāgrant- (stem of frāgrāns), present participle of frāgrāre to smell sweet
Related formsfra·grant·ly, adverbfra·grant·ness, nounnon·fra·grant, adjectiveun·fra·grant, adjectiveun·fra·grant·ly, adverb
Can be confusedflagrant fragrant

Synonyms for fragrant

1. perfumed, odorous, redolent, aromatic.

Antonyms for fragrant Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for fragrant

Contemporary Examples of fragrant

Historical Examples of fragrant

  • 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



having a pleasant or sweet smell
Derived Formsfragrantly, adverb

Word Origin for fragrant

C15: from Latin frāgrāns, from frāgrāre to emit a smell
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Word Origin and History for fragrant

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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