cense

verb
\ ˈsen(t)s How to pronounce cense (audio) \
censed; censing

Definition of cense

transitive verb

: to perfume especially with a censer censing the area around the altar

First Known Use of cense

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cense

Middle English, probably short for encensen to offer incense, from Anglo-French encenser, from Late Latin incensare, from incensum incense

Learn More About cense

Time Traveler for cense

Time Traveler

The first known use of cense was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Dictionary Entries Near cense

cens

cense

censer

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for cense

Cite this Entry

“Cense.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cense. Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Words Named After People

  • name tags
  • Namesake of the leotard, Jules Léotard had what profession?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!