[jaz-min, jas-]


any of numerous shrubs or vines belonging to the genus Jasminum, of the olive family, having fragrant flowers and used in perfumery.
any of several other plants having similar fragrant flowers, as the Carolina jessamine.
a pale-yellow color.

Also jessamine.

Origin of jasmine

1555–65; < Middle French jasmin, variant of jassemin < Arabic yās(a)mīn < Persian yāsman, yāsmin
Related formsjas·mined, adjectivejas·mine·like, adjective


[jaz-min, jas-]


a female given name.
Also Jas·min, Jas·mi·na [jaz-muh-nuh, jas-] /ˈdʒæz mə nə, ˈdʒæs-/.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for jasmine

Contemporary Examples of jasmine

Historical Examples of jasmine

  • He did both, and the Jasmine lady might have found him dull.

  • The Jasmine lady must have been practising on his poor little heart.

  • The aunt warned me; that Conway woman warned me; the Jasmine Lady warned me.

  • And what if the salvia, as by a miracle, blossoms on the jasmine?

    The Book of Khalid

    Ameen Rihani

  • A breeze came through the open window, and with it the scent of jasmine.

    The Long Roll

    Mary Johnston

British Dictionary definitions for jasmine



Also called: jessamine any oleaceous shrub or climbing plant of the tropical and subtropical genus Jasminum, esp J. officinalis: widely cultivated for their white, yellow, or red fragrant flowers, which are used in making perfume and in flavouring teaSee also winter jasmine
any of several other fragrant shrubs with fragrant flowers, such as the Cape jasmine, yellow jasmine, and frangipani (red jasmine)
a light to moderate yellow colour

Word Origin for jasmine

C16: from Old French jasmin, from Arabic yāsamīn, from Persian yāsmīn
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 jasmine

1570s, from French jasmin (Middle French jessemin), from Arabic yas(a)min, from Persian yasmin (cf. Greek iasme, iasmelaion, name of a Persian perfume). The plant first was grown in England 16c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper