air freshener

noun

Definition of air freshener

: a device used to disperse chemicals intended to mask or eliminate unpleasant odors
  • The bathrooms should also have matching towels, soap and tissue dispensers, and a candle or plug-in air freshener with a pleasant scent.
  • —William Bronchick and Ray CooperHow to Sell a House Fast in a Slow Real Estate Market2009
; also : the chemicals dispersed from such a device
  • This smell is sharp and thin and chemical, not exactly the smell of air freshener and not exactly the smell of air conditioning but acrid and a little stale and specific to Vegas …
  • —Joan DidionEsquireMay 1977

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First Known Use of air freshener

1938


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