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[frey-gruh nt] /ˈfreɪ grənt/
having a pleasant scent or aroma; sweet-smelling; sweet-scented:
a fragrant rose.
delightful; pleasant:
fragrant memories.
Origin of fragrant
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin frāgrant- (stem of frāgrāns), present participle of frāgrāre to smell sweet
Related forms
fragrantly, adverb
fragrantness, noun
nonfragrant, adjective
unfragrant, adjective
unfragrantly, adverb
Can be confused
flagrant, fragrant.
1. perfumed, odorous, redolent, aromatic.
1. malodorous, noisome. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for fragrant
  • The gallery seems fragrant with cigarette smoke, cheap perfume and fried chicken.
  • Dripping saliva, she chewed a branch coated with the fragrant paste.
  • The authentic version of this sweet, fragrant bean salad requires about three times as much olive oil.
  • We see only a few quick birds, as well as some fragrant shrubs sheltered by gleaming white chunks of granite.
  • Rich, dark brown fragrant broth absorbs the light and gleams with promise.
  • Clusters of fragrant purple blooms on trailing plant.
  • Add the garlic, and stir together for another minute, until the garlic begins to smell fragrant.
  • Many cymbidiums bloom in summer and fall, and some are fragrant.
  • On a private terrace framed by trellises full of fragrant jasmines are chairs and a table.
  • The beans should be thoroughly tender and the broth thick and fragrant.
British Dictionary definitions for fragrant


having a pleasant or sweet smell
Derived Forms
fragrantly, adverb
Word Origin
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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