co·logne | \ kə-ˈlōn \

Definition of cologne 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a perfumed liquid composed of alcohol and fragrant oils

2 : a cream or paste of cologne sometimes formed into a semisolid stick


geographical name
Co·logne | \ kə-ˈlōn \
variants: or German Köln \ˈkœln \

Definition of Cologne (Entry 2 of 2)

city on the Rhine River in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, western Germany population 1,005,775

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cologned \kə-ˈlōnd \ adjective

Examples of cologne in a Sentence


She put on some cologne and combed her hair. a TV commercial for men's cologne TV commercials for men's colognes.
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And, no amount of Axe body spray (which is overpowering, as is any other cologne or aftershave) can mask the smell of dirty and unclean. Ellen Warren,, "Is a 3-day beard a deal breaker — or just scruffy enough?," 2 July 2018 Hire the Best Man for the Job and Set Him Free Every cologne needs its sensei. Noah Johnson, GQ, "Here’s How Louis Vuitton Makes a Next-Level Cologne," 21 June 2018 Despite the multitude of security at Mar-a-Lago, one employee drove into a checkpoint on Dec. 27 and then was caught spraying cologne in an attempt to cover the smell of marijuana in his car. Skyler Swisher,, "Deputies detail bizarre encounters at Trump's South Florida properties," 11 May 2018 Maybe a splash of cologne to sing of their superiority. Ernest Slyman, New York Times, "Bronx Zoo," 21 June 2018 Pass on traditional colognes, and get Dad into aromatherapy. Sara Kennedy, The Seattle Times, "Father’s Day gifts for dads with Seattle style," 8 June 2018 Fans of the adult entertainer congratulated her on the news — with several vowing to pre-order the unisex perfume/cologne — but not everyone was as enthused by her announcement. Michael Bartiromo, Fox News, "Stormy Daniels' new fragrance, Truth, getting mixed reaction on social media," 6 June 2018 Sure, different fragrance families are often marketed to different sexes, but that doesn't mean a guy can't rock a perfume, or a woman can't wear a cologne. Helena Yeung, Teen Vogue, "Kim Kardashian Responds to Unisex Body Fragrance Comments on Social Media," 30 Apr. 2018 Designed in a minimalist bottle inspired by a flask, with fresh notes more commonly found in cologne, the three scents don't belong to any one gender. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Chanel Just Launched Three Unisex Fragrances That Will Change The Way You Think About Chanel Perfume," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of cologne


1832, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cologne


Cologne, Germany

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English Language Learners Definition of cologne

: a liquid that has a light, pleasant smell and that people put on their skin : a light kind of perfume that does not have a strong smell


co·logne | \ kə-ˈlōn \

Kids Definition of cologne

: a perfumed liquid made up of alcohol and fragrant oils

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