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fragrant

[frey-gruhnt]
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

Synonyms

1. perfumed, odorous, redolent, aromatic.

Antonyms

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Examples from the Web for fragrantly

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  • Excellent American cherries were these, but not so fragrantly sweet as my cousin's cherries.

  • As she swept into the room she collided with him, softly, fragrantly.

  • And how fragrantly the hot bacon sizzled and spluttered in the pan!

    Boy Scouts in Glacier Park

    Walter Prichard Eaton

  • But we set to with a will, and were soon crouching over a good fire on which a pot of deer-meat was fragrantly simmering.

  • Confetti tangled in coppery hair, a wilful mouth, fragrantly painted, and phantomlike swans on a black lake.

    The Three Black Pennys

    Joseph Hergesheimer


British Dictionary definitions for fragrantly

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
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Word Origin and History for fragrantly

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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