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, balm, bouquet, fragrancy, incense, perfume, redolence, scent, spice


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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Kravitz’s succeeds model Edie Campbell, who was the most recent face of the fragrance. Aubri Juhasz, The Cut, "Zoë Kravitz Is Also Now a Fragrance Spokesmodel," 13 July 2018 The couple soon showed off matching cloud tattoos on the middle fingers of their left hands, shaped similarly to the bottle of the fragrance. Rosemary Donahue, Allure, "Every Tattoo Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson Have Reportedly Gotten During Their Relationship," 8 July 2018 Your condition resembles a state of nature, except without the threat of privation or predation: There are perfectly safe sandwiches, apples in reasonable shape and, frequently, a store featuring a wide range of Tom Ford fragrances. Sasha Chapin, New York Times, "Letter of Recommendation: Airport Layovers," 29 May 2018 There are clear parallels between the creation of fragrance and of jewelry: the celebration of natural materials, for one, and the awareness that what is being made is not just to be admired but worn. Jamie Rosen, Town & Country, "Tiffany & Co.'s Newest Perfume Uses One of the Scent World's Most Expensive—and Finicky—Ingredients," 8 Sep. 2017 In this first study, the focus was on recognizing a group of chemicals, called aldehydes, that are often associated with fragrances but also human stress conditions and illnesses. Andrea Soltoggio, Smithsonian, "Artificial Intelligence May Be Able To Smell Illnesses in Human Breath," 12 June 2018 When Tiffany introduced a new fragrance last fall, Mr. Bogliolo and his team debated whether to package it in a robin’s-egg blue box. Suzanne Kapner, WSJ, "Marriage Is Out of Fashion. So Why Is Tiffany Selling More Engagement Rings?," 20 June 2018 Grande recently got engaged, put out a fantastic duet with Troye Sivan, is gearing up to release her next album Sweetener, and revealed a new fragrance. Billboard, "Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande Team Up For Sexy Duet 'Bed': Listen," 14 June 2018 More than 180 species of flowers are planted here, and every week the show — color, shape, texture, and fragrance — gets better, Mcdonald says. Hattie Bernstein,, "Cool down this summer in these magical gardens," 5 July 2018

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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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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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