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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

1
:  the scent of something sweet-smelling
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

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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\

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

: to put perfume in or on (something)

per·fumedper·fum·ing

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

1531

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PERFUMING Defined for Kids

1perfume

noun per·fume \ˈpər-ˌfyüm\

Definition of PERFUME for Kids

1
:  a liquid used to make a person smell nice
2
:  a pleasant smell :  fragrance

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verb per·fume \pər-ˈfyüm\
per·fumedper·fum·ing

Definition of PERFUME for Kids

:  to add a usually pleasant odor to :  have the odor of

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