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perfume

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noun per·fume \ˈpər-ˌfyüm, (ˌ)pər-ˈ\

Simple Definition of perfume

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

  • : a pleasant smell

Full Definition of perfume

  1. 1 :  the scent of something sweet-smelling

  2. 2 :  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

Synonym Discussion of perfume

fragrance, perfume, scent, redolence mean a sweet or pleasant odor. fragrance suggests the odors of flowers or other growing things <the fragrance of pine>. perfume may suggest a stronger or heavier odor <the perfume of lilacs>. scent is very close to perfume but of wider application because more neutral in connotation <scent-free soaps>. redolence implies a mixture of fragrant or pungent odors <the redolence of a forest after a rain>.

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verb per·fume \(ˌ)pər-ˈfyüm, ˈpər-ˌ\

Simple Definition of perfume

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

  • : to put perfume in or on (something)

Full Definition of perfume

per·fumedper·fum·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  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



1531

First Known Use of perfume

1531



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