fra·​grance | \ ˈfrā-grən(t)s How to pronounce fragrance (audio) \

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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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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First Known Use of fragrance

1667, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of fragrance was in 1667

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2 Jul 2020

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“Fragrance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of fragrance

: a pleasant and usually sweet smell
: a perfume or cologne


fra·​grance | \ ˈfrā-grəns How to pronounce fragrance (audio) \

Kids Definition of fragrance

: a sweet or pleasant smell

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