at·​tar | \ ˈa-tər How to pronounce attar (audio) , ˈa-ˌtär How to pronounce attar (audio) \
variants: or less commonly \ ˈä-​(ˌ)tō How to pronounce attar (audio) \

Definition of attar

: a fragrant essential oil (as from rose petals) also : fragrance

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Examples of attar in a Sentence

exuding the attar of jasmine, the beautifully bejeweled woman set off for the ball
Recent Examples on the Web Queen Charlotte had an entire room at Windsor Castle dedicated to her snuff collection, her favorite of which was named Violet Strasbourg, a blend mixed with bitter almonds, ambergris, and attar. Lauren Puckett, Harper's BAZAAR, "What Bridgerton Gets Right About Queen Charlotte, a Real-Life Royal," 11 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of attar

1790, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for attar

Persian ʽaṭir perfumed, from Arabic, from ʽiṭr perfume

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21 Jan 2021

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“Attar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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at·​tar | \ ˈat-ər How to pronounce attar (audio) , ˈa-ˌtär How to pronounce attar (audio) \

Medical Definition of attar

: a fragrant essential oil especially : attar of roses

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