co·​logne | \ kə-ˈlōn How to pronounce cologne (audio) \

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 How to pronounce Cologne (audio) \
variants: or German Köln \ ˈkœln How to pronounce Cologne (audio) \

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 How to pronounce Cologne (audio) \ adjective

Examples of cologne in a Sentence

Noun 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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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But the Scottish actor is also the face of Calvin Klein's new cologne, Defy. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, 10 Nov. 2021 But people around the world know his face from a wide range of advertisements for everything from cologne to knee-length ponchos. Laura Blasey, Los Angeles Times, 29 Oct. 2021 The musicians filmed the song’s clip, which features copious cologne imagery, at Sudeley Castle near Gloucestershire, England. Kory Grow, Rolling Stone, 25 Nov. 2021 Orange and bergamot blended with lavender and neroli give this scent its classical cologne aspect. Joseph Deacetis, Forbes, 5 Nov. 2021 San Jose police on Wednesday arrested two men who allegedly stole more than $4,000 worth of perfume and cologne from Macy’s stores in the Valley Fair mall and and the Oakridge mall. Andres Picon, San Francisco Chronicle, 25 Nov. 2021 For Madden, confidence smells like the cologne's blend of bright citrus top notes, earthy vetiver oil middle note, and amber, musky base. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, 10 Nov. 2021 On Friday, six people allegedly stole 153 bottles of cologne worth nearly $15,000 from an ULTA Beauty store at 2155 W. 22nd Street in Oak Brook. Sylvia Goodman,, 18 Nov. 2021 Secondly, cologne is the preferred masculine term for us yankees in the USA. Joseph Deacetis, Forbes, 5 Nov. 2021

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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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3 Jan 2022

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“Cologne.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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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 How to pronounce cologne (audio) \

Kids Definition of cologne

: a perfumed liquid made up of alcohol and fragrant oils

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