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noun \ˈsent\

Simple Definition of scent

  • : a pleasant smell that is produced by something

  • : a smell that is left by an animal or person and that can be sensed and followed by some animals (such as dogs)

  • : a slight indication of something that is going to happen or that might happen

Full Definition of scent

  1. 1 :  effluvia from a substance that affect the sense of smell: asa :  an odor left by an animal on a surface passed overb :  a characteristic or particular odor; especially :  one that is agreeable

  2. 2a :  power of smelling :  sense of smell <a keen scent>b :  power of detection :  nose <a scent for heresy>

  3. 3 :  a course of pursuit or discovery <throw one off the scent>

  4. 4 :  inkling, intimation <a scent of trouble>

  5. 5 :  perfume 2

  6. 6 :  bits of paper dropped in the game of hare and hounds

  7. 7 :  a mixture prepared for use as a lure in hunting or fishing

scent·less play \ˈsent-ləs\ adjective

Examples of scent

  1. The flower has a wonderful scent.

  2. The dogs followed the fox's scent.

  3. The prisoner escaped because the dogs lost his scent.

Origin of scent

Middle English sent, from Anglo-French sente, from sentir

First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of scent

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>.

smell, scent, odor, aroma mean the quality that makes a thing perceptible to the olfactory sense. smell implies solely the sensation without suggestion of quality or character <an odd smell permeated the room>. scent applies to the characteristic smell given off by a substance, an animal, or a plant <the scent of lilacs>. odor may imply a stronger or more readily distinguished scent or it may be equivalent to smell <a cheese with a strong odor>. aroma suggests a somewhat penetrating usually pleasant odor <the aroma of freshly ground coffee>.

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Rhymes with scent




Simple Definition of scent

  • : to become aware of (something) by smell

  • : to give (something) a pleasing smell

Full Definition of scent

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to perceive by the olfactory organs :  smellb :  to get or have an inkling of <scent trouble>

  3. 2 :  to imbue or fill with odor <scented the air with perfume>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to yield an odor of some specified kind <this scents of sulfur>; also :  to bear indication or suggestions

  6. 2 :  to use the nose in seeking or tracking prey

Examples of scent

  1. The dog scented a rabbit.

  2. She scented the air with perfume.

Origin of scent

Middle English senten, from Anglo-French sentir to feel, smell, from Latin sentire to perceive, feel — more at sense

First Known Use: 15th century

SCENT Defined for Kids



noun \ˈsent\

Definition of scent

  1. 1 :  an odor that is given off by someone or something <… a little wind … brought a fresh scent of newly turned earth with it. — Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden>

  2. 2 :  power or sense of smell <The dog has a keen scent.>

  3. 3 :  a course followed in search or pursuit of something <The reporter was on the scent of a story.>

  4. 4 :  1perfume 1




Definition of scent


  1. 1 :  to become aware of or follow through the sense of smell <The dog scented a rabbit.>

  2. 2 :  to get a hint of <Aunt Petunia obviously scented danger, too … — J. K. Rowling, Sorcerer's Stone>

  3. 3 :  to fill with an odor :  perfume <Roses scent the air.>

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