from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The jasmine.
- n. A dandy: so called, it is said, because it was a habit of fops to wear a sprig of jasmine in their buttonhole.
- adj. Like jasmine in color or perfume.
There were also 'jessamy' gloves -- namely, kid gloves perfumed with jessamine; a black velvet mask; a superb painted fan; a box of patches, another of violet powder, another of rouge, and a fourth of pomatum.
Fancy a Boston publisher going about his business tricked up in this dandified dress -- a true New England jessamy.
This word is a corruption of 'jessamine,' which is a variant of 'jasmine.' The word 'jasmine' is Persian in origin.