fra·​grance | \ ˈfrā-grən(t)s \

Definition of fragrance

1a : a sweet or delicate odor (as of fresh flowers, pine trees, or perfume)
b : something (such as a perfume) compounded to give off a sweet or pleasant odor
2 : the quality or state of having a sweet odor

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Synonyms & Antonyms for fragrance


aroma, attar (also otto), balm, bouquet, fragrancy, incense, perfume, redolence, scent, spice


fetor, malodor, reek, stench, stink

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fragrance, perfume, scent, redolence mean a sweet or pleasant odor. fragrance suggests the odors of flowers or other growing things. the fragrance of pine perfume may suggest a stronger or heavier odor. the perfume of lilacs scent is very close to perfume but of wider application because more neutral in connotation. scent-free soaps redolence implies a mixture of fragrant or pungent odors. the redolence of a forest after a rain

Examples of fragrance in a Sentence

a flower with a lovely fragrance the fragrance of lilac trees in full bloom

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Between Huda Beauty's popularity in the beauty world and Mona Kattan's own love of fragrance — she's known on Instagram as #perfumeprincess — the expansion makes total sense. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Mona Kattan Is Finally Launching Her Own Fragrance Line, Called Kayali," 26 Oct. 2018 From fashion to fragrance, to beverages both hard and soft, celebrity sells. CBS News, "Seeing green: Celebrities selling marijuana," 27 May 2018 But artificial fragrances aren’t just a problem for certain groups. Elisabeth Leamy,, "War of the noses: We are surrounded by fragrances that offend," 22 Mar. 2018 Everyone has their usual perfume routine, but def avoid the common mistake of rubbing your wrists together after a spritz .Doing this forces the top notes to disappear faster than intended, so your fragrance won't last as long. 44. Editors, Seventeen, "50 Life-Changing Prom Beauty Tips You Haven't Heard Before," 19 Dec. 2018 Wedding countdown: The final blend takes a minimum of three months. Price tag: $35,000 for 1 liter of fragrance in a crystal carafe, an engraved flacon, six refill flacons, and two travel sprays. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "17 Over-the-Top Beauty Treatments to Try Before Your Wedding Day," 13 Dec. 2018 For Kurkdjian, the addition of berries also evoked a quintessential Britishness in the fragrance. Sophia Panych, Allure, "Cara Delevingne on Fragrance, the Fashion Industry, and What Makes London Such a Special City," 11 Oct. 2018 But the house has a rich heritage in fine fragrance stretching back to 1968, when its three founders created a unisex scent called L’Eau. Jamie Rosen, Town & Country, "Diptyque Is Creating Its First Bespoke Scent—And It Could Be For You," 16 Mar. 2018 The idea certainly caught on: the scent of lilies often appears in popular fragrances today. Taylor Murphy, House Beautiful, "8 Surprising Things You Didn't Know About Lilies," 14 July 2015

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First Known Use of fragrance

1667, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of fragrance

: a pleasant and usually sweet smell

: a perfume or cologne


fra·​grance | \ ˈfrā-grəns \

Kids Definition of fragrance

: a sweet or pleasant smell

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