noun per·fume \ˈpər-ˌfyüm, (ˌ)pər-ˈ\

: a liquid substance that you put on your body in small amounts in order to smell pleasant

: a pleasant smell

Full Definition of PERFUME

:  the scent of something sweet-smelling
:  a substance that emits a pleasant odor; especially :  a fluid preparation of natural essences (as from plants or animals) or synthetics and a fixative used for scenting

Examples of PERFUME

  1. She smelled the different perfumes at the store.
  2. <the perfume of fresh flowers filled the room>

Origin of PERFUME

Middle French perfum, probably from Old Occitan, from perfumar to perfume, from per- thoroughly (from Latin) + fumar to smoke, from Latin fumare, from fumus smoke — more at fume
First Known Use: 1533

Related to PERFUME

aroma, attar (also otto), balm, bouquet, fragrancy, incense, fragrance, redolence, scent, spice
fetor, malodor, reek, stench, stink
See Synonym Discussion at fragrance


verb per·fume \(ˌ)pər-ˈfyüm, ˈpər-ˌ\

: to fill or cover (something) with a pleasant smell

: to put perfume in or on (something)


Full Definition of PERFUME

transitive verb
:  to fill or imbue with an odor

Examples of PERFUME

  1. The meal included a delicate fish perfumed with butter and herbs.
  2. a time when it was common for men to perfume their hair

First Known Use of PERFUME


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