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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Luckily, a new video from Glamour uncovered that Blanc packed four special colognes for his journey., "Here's Every Fragrance The Bachelorette's "Colognoisseur" Brought To The Mansion," 30 May 2018 The old man, who likes to inhale Drakkar Noir, a men’s cologne, to lift his spirits, urges Rosso to do something great and beautiful with his life. Moira Hodgson, WSJ, "‘Little Culinary Triumphs’ and ‘Something Great and Beautiful’ Review: Staff of Life, Stuff of Farce," 14 Dec. 2018 The days when Sisi enjoyed such widespread popularity that his face was stamped on such products as bottles of cologne and women’s underwear are long gone. Rachel Scheier,, "Five years after the noisy ouster of an Islamist president, Egyptians are still frustrated — but quiet," 30 June 2018 Valerie Tieman was wrapped in a blanket and buried in a shallow grave along with flowers, a wedding band, a bag of potato chips, cologne and a note. Fox News, "Army veteran to sentenced 55 years for killing, burying wife," 11 May 2018 This is a service provided by Sharon Farsijani, the owner of Desert35, a year-old luxury perfume and cologne company in the Gramercy area. Alix Strauss, New York Times, "The Bride Wore Satin and a Woodsy Scent," 23 Jan. 2018 In order to do this properly, these vials cannot be contaminated by anything—bacteria, viruses, human DNA, cologne. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "Inside the Jet Propulsion Laboratory: NASA's Crazy, Kooky, Legendary Research Facility," 3 Nov. 2016 On the second couch was another man, this one in his mid-thirties and wearing a suit, his cologne the essence of a crisp morning in the mountains. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Google’s former PR boss Jessica Powell wrote a satirical novel about tech and published it all on Medium," 2 Oct. 2018 In May, a black woman was searched at a San Jose, California, Macy’s when an employee suspected her of stealing cologne. Anna North, Vox, "This pregnant black mom was accused of hiding stolen goods under her shirt," 13 Aug. 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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