noun \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 \(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


Related to PERFUME


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Fluid preparation used for scenting, composed of natural essences or synthetics and a fixative. Perfumes are concocted by the artful blending of certain fragrant substances in appropriate proportions. The art of perfumery was apparently known to the ancient Chinese, Hindus, Egyptians, Israelites, Carthaginians, Arabs, Greeks, and Romans; references to perfumes are found in the Bible. Raw materials used in perfumery include natural products, of plant or animal origin, and synthetic materials. Fine perfumes may be blends of more than 100 ingredients.


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