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  1. having a pleasant scent or aroma; sweet-smelling; sweet-scented:

    a fragrant rose.

    Synonyms: aromatic, redolent, odorous

    Antonyms: noisome, malodorous

  2. delightful; pleasant:

    fragrant memories.


/ ˈfreɪɡrənt /


  1. having a pleasant or sweet smell

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Derived Forms

  • ˈfragrantly, adverb

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Other Words From

  • fragrant·ly adverb
  • fragrant·ness noun
  • non·fragrant adjective
  • un·fragrant adjective
  • un·fragrant·ly adverb

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Word History and Origins

Origin of fragrant1

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

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Word History and Origins

Origin of fragrant1

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

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Example Sentences

Grilled lobster was as wonderful for its kale-streaked spoonbread as the seafood, sweet-smoky with a “Johnny’s spice” that ran 20 ingredients long and resembled a more fragrant Old Bay.

Toast, stirring occasionally, until fragrant, 2 to 4 minutes.

In a small, dry skillet over medium-high heat, toast the pistachios, stirring frequently, until fragrant, 3 to 5 minutes.

As horticulturalists know, a rose by any other name consists of hundreds of different volatiles and miscellaneous fragrant notes.

Place the walnuts on a rimmed baking sheet and toast in the oven 8 to 10 minutes, or until fragrant, shaking halfway through.

How a 1,000-year-old fragrant elixir traveled over continents and time to become the signature drink of the Kentucky Derby.

The now creamy polenta was ladled onto the plates, and this most fragrant of deep brown chicken stews spooned on top.

Even today, dog meat—euphemistically called “fragrant meat”—is still consumed in many rural areas.

The air was alive with the spirit of the place, fragrant and humid, and humming with energy.

Plus a spoonful of the juicy salsa for a fragrant tomato and chili hit.

When she returned with the frothy and fragrant beverage he was standing with his hands in his pockets staring down at the city.

These cigars are usually pressed, and burn well, leaving a dark-colored ash, and emitting a fragrant odor.

Some of the most beautiful and fragrant tobacco fields in the world are to be found in Syria.

In the house, on the road and street, the aroma of a fragrant Manilla is ever borne on the breeze.

Jess laid the dog down on a bed of moss as she spoke, and started energetically to scoop up piles of the fragrant needles.


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More About Fragrant

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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