Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of several vines or shrubs of the genus Jasminum, native chiefly to Asia and having usually compound leaves and white or yellow flowers. Some of the fragrant species are used in making perfume.
  • n. The perfume obtained from these plants.
  • n. See Carolina jasmine.
  • n. Any of several plants or shrubs having fragrant flowers.
  • n. A light to brilliant yellow.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several plants, of the genus Jasminum, mostly native to Asia, having fragrant white or yellow flowers.
  • n. The perfume obtained from these plants.
  • n. Any of several unrelated plants having a similar perfume.
  • n. A yellow colour.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A shrubby plant of the genus Jasminum, bearing flowers of a peculiarly fragrant odor. The Jasminum officinale, common in the south of Europe, bears white flowers. The Arabian jasmine is Jasminum Sambac, and, with Jasminum angustifolia, comes from the East Indies. The yellow false jasmine in the Gelseminum sempervirens (see gelsemium). Several other plants are called jasmine in the West Indies, as species of Calotropis and Faramea.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A plant of the genus Jasminum.
  • n. The red morning-glory, Quamoclit coccinea.
  • n. In the West Indies, Faramea odoratissima, a shrub or small tree of the madder family, one of the plants called wild coffee; species of the genus Ixora (which see).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of several shrubs and vines of the genus Jasminum chiefly native to Asia

Etymologies

French jasmin, from Old French jassemin, from Arabic yasmīn, from Persian yasmīn, yāsman, from Middle Persian yāsman.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French jasmin, from Arabic يسمين (yasmīn), from Persian یاسمین (yâsamin), from Middle Persian 𐭩𐭠𐭮𐭬𐭭 (yāsmin). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The term "jasmine gatherings" comes from the protests in Tunisia that ousted long-time President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali in January in what supporters there called a "Jasmine Revolution."

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • The reference to the word jasmine is the name some have attached to widespread anti-government protests that have swept through Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and other countries in the Middle East.

    China Blocks Access to LinkedIn Networking Site

  • Meanwhile, any reference to Tunisia's Jasmine Revolution and even the word jasmine was censored in text messages and on search engines.

    NYT > Home Page

  • "The authorities might have a hard time eradicating the word jasmine completely," the reports, citing the popularity of the word in China.

    The Full Feed from HuffingtonPost.com

  • Carlos Barria/Reuters The government deployed extra police to the planned protest sites, deleted almost all online discussion of the appeal, blocked searches for the word 'jasmine' on micro-blogging and other sites, and temporarily disabled mass text-messaging services.

    Call for a 'Jasmine Revolution'

  • The word "jasmine" has been censored from many websites, the newspaper says.

    Chinese activists disappear amid calls for protests

  • The word "jasmine" has been censored from many websites, the newspaper reports.

    China cracks down to prevent 'Jasmine Revolution'

  • Dozens of activists were detained, mass text messages were jammed and searches for the word "jasmine" were blocked on Chinese micro-blogging websites after a mysterious call to revolt spread over Twitter and other social-networking sites on Saturday and Sunday.

    The Globe and Mail - Home RSS feed

  • The calls have apparently led the Chinese government to censor postings containing the word "jasmine" in an attempt to quell any potential unrest.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • Searches for the word "jasmine" were blocked Saturday on China's largest Twitter-like microblog, and the website where the request first appeared said it was hit by an attack.

    Kansas City Star: Front Page

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