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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Only a select handful get their own intro videos, and that includes Clay, a professional football player, Jordan, a male model and walking Zoolander parody, and Jean Blanc, who owns enough cologne to douse an entire army of men. Aurelie Corinthios,, "Becca Kufrin Meets Her Bachelorette Contestants — and She's Already 'Smitten' with One," 28 May 2018 There are the grandma perfumes, the first boyfriend colognes, the big mistakes. Jamie Rosen, Town & Country, "Spring's Citrus Fragrances: Eaux De Youth," 18 Apr. 2014 Bottle It in a Design Masterpiece Legendary industrial designer Marc Newson developed an innovative vessel for the new Louis Vuitton cologne. Noah Johnson, GQ, "Here’s How Louis Vuitton Makes a Next-Level Cologne," 21 June 2018 Ahead, every cologne Blanc packed for his appearance on The Bachelorette., "Here's Every Fragrance The Bachelorette's "Colognoisseur" Brought To The Mansion," 30 May 2018 Cash, cologne and medication were missing from the apartment. John Benson,, "Apartment burglar steals cash, cologne and medication: Brooklyn Police Blotter," 26 Apr. 2018 For the Outdoorsman Jo Malone Oud & Bergamot Rich Extract Oud wood is a favorite ingredient in men’s cologne because of its mossy, musky scent. Garrett Munce, GQ, "The Best Colognes for Men to Wear This Spring," 19 Apr. 2018 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

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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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