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 Köln (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 cologned (audio) \ 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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Santana lightly mists My Burberry Blush on her body while Metcalfe likes to use Tom Ford Santal Blush cologne. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Watch Cara Santana & Jesse Metcalfe's Nightly Skincare Routine," 9 May 2019 Robert Salmon’s last name was misspelled as Sammon in an Off Duty article Saturday about cologne. WSJ, "Corrections & Amplifications," 20 Aug. 2018 Her husband David currently has 30 perfumes and colognes under his eponymous fragrance label. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Victoria Beckham Is Launching Victoria Beckham Beauty This Fall," 13 Feb. 2019 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

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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 How to pronounce cologne (audio) \

Kids Definition of cologne

: a perfumed liquid made up of alcohol and fragrant oils

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a strong desire or propensity

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