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fragrant

[frey-gruhnt]
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adjective
  1. having a pleasant scent or aroma; sweet-smelling; sweet-scented: a fragrant rose.
  2. 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
Related formsfra·grant·ly, adverbfra·grant·ness, nounnon·fra·grant, adjectiveun·fra·grant, adjectiveun·fra·grant·ly, adverb
Can be confusedflagrant fragrant

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1. perfumed, odorous, redolent, aromatic.

Antonyms

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Related Words

spicysweetaromaticdelicioussavoryambrosialbalmydelectabledelightfulodorousredolentodoriferoussweet-scented

Examples from the Web for fragrant

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Historical Examples

  • 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

adjective
  1. having a pleasant or sweet smell
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Derived Formsfragrantly, adverb

Word Origin

C15: from Latin frāgrāns, from frāgrāre to emit a smell
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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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