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
Recent Examples on the Web Keep it simple in the autumn season (and all year long) with Feuguia 1833's single note fragrance. April Franzino, Good Housekeeping, 22 July 2022 The Sichuan peppercorns are ripe here in southwestern China, with a spicy, minty fragrance emanating from the rows of scrubby trees. Eva Dou, Washington Post, 15 July 2022 Carson Downing For a low-lift-yet-uplifting interpretation of coastal grandma style, fill the air with a fragrance that follows the feeling. Jennifer Cegielski, Better Homes & Gardens, 7 July 2022 Maison d’Etto’s Macanudo, which is more grassy, and Costa Brazil just came out with a fragrance, Aroma, that is really nice. New York Times, 2 June 2022 Take yourself to new heights this summer with Byredo’s innovative fragrance. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 May 2022 New England's famous Yankee Candle will fill your car with a safe, flame-free fragrance. Duncan Brady, Car and Driver, 20 Apr. 2022 Gucci is guilty of arming millions of men with this potent, sensual fragrance. Adam Hurly, Robb Report, 25 Mar. 2022 Expect lush, colorful displays of mostly tropical and subtropical orchids gracing the exhibition space, which will be filled with the fragrance of exotic beauties, with blooms ranging from tiny to plate-size and lasting from a few days to months. Nicole Sours Larson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of fragrance

1667, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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8 Aug 2022

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“Fragrance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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

Kids Definition of fragrance

: a sweet or pleasant smell

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