eau de cologne


eau de co·​logne ˌō-də-kə-ˈlōn How to pronounce eau de cologne (audio)
plural eaux de cologne ˌō(z)-də-kə-ˈlōn How to pronounce eau de cologne (audio)

Examples of eau de cologne in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some companies make eau de toilette, eau de cologne and eau de parfum versions of the same fragrance. Dallas News, 4 Oct. 2022 Eau de cologne’s staying power will be about the same as eau fraiche; the main difference is that eau de cologne is made up of more alcohol and eau fraiche contains more water. Dallas News, 30 Nov. 2022 Should men wear eau de cologne, eau de parfum or eau de toilette? Dallas News, 4 Oct. 2022 Shortly after its creation, eau de cologne was shipped to nearly every European royal house. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 22 Sep. 2022 The odor of eau de cologne, of food cooking, of cards, of rooms, of dust, nauseates me. Mavis Gallant, The New Yorker, 14 Aug. 2022 His Bigarade Concentrée, a bitter-orange eau de cologne, has also enjoyed gender-bending success, boasting the same fresh appeal as Mäurer & Wirtz’s citrus classic, 4711. Fiorella Valdesolo, Vogue, 11 Feb. 2022 Like eau de cologne, eau fraiche also has low concentration as they are mixed with mostly water and serve as a quick refresher without a long-lasting scent. Joseph Deacetis, Forbes, 5 Nov. 2021 Crafted centuries ago, the original eau de colognes contained a blend of citrus essential oils, and many featured orange blossom as a key note. Kari Molvar, New York Times, 4 Dec. 2017 See More

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Word History


French, literally, Cologne water, from Cologne, Germany

First Known Use

1802, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of eau de cologne was in 1802

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“Eau de cologne.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eau%20de%20cologne. Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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