co·​logne kə-ˈlōn How to pronounce cologne (audio)
: a perfumed liquid composed of alcohol and fragrant oils
: a cream or paste of cologne sometimes formed into a semisolid stick
cologned adjective

Example Sentences

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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Word History


Cologne, Germany

First Known Use

1832, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of cologne was in 1832

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Cite this Entry

“Cologne.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition


co·​logne kə-ˈlōn How to pronounce cologne (audio)
: a liquid similar to perfume but not as strongly scented or as long-lasting

named for Cologne, city in Germany where it was first made

Geographical Definition


geographical name

Co·​logne kə-ˈlōn How to pronounce Cologne (audio)
variants or German Köln
city on the Rhine River in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, western Germany population 1,005,775

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