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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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

Recent Examples on the Web

Add fresh flowers for some color and fragrance to the room. Melissa Rolland,, "Staging Secrets For The Living Room," 26 June 2019 Consumer watchdogs say some gift cards requested in scams include: Home Depot, Best Buy, Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Steam, MoneyPak and oddly enough even Sephora, a retailer specializing in cosmetics, skincare and fragrances. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Don't do your boss any favors buying gift cards — it's likely a scam," 20 June 2019 Meanwhile, the brothers behind the Chanel brand, Gerard and Alain Wertheimer, saw their fortunes soar $9.8 billion this week after the Parisian fragrance and fashion house reported its 2018 results. Ben Stupples, Fortune, "There Are Now Three People Worth Over $100 Billion," 18 June 2019 The products were categorized into five groups, based on how they're used: nail care, hair care, skin care, fragrance and other, which included deodorants and make-up. Minali Nigam, CNN, "Injuries from cosmetics send 4,300 children to ERs every year," 17 June 2019 Best of all, Macy’s Money can be stacked with coupons and used on sale items, including cosmetics and fragrances. Doreen Christensen,, "Earn up to $40 in free Macy’s Money," 11 June 2019 Selena's also worked on other products including a purse collection for Coach, a nail polish collection for OPI and fragrances she's helped created. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Selena Gomez's Net Worth Will Blow Your Mind," 23 May 2019 All of their products are free of animal components, parabens, phthalates, sulphates, synthetic fragrances, and GMOs, among others. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "This $85 Face Scrub Completely Transformed My Skin," 7 Jan. 2019 Each product is free of parabens, dyes, fragrances, and mineral oil, making them truly farm-to-beauty counter. Tess Garcia, Teen Vogue, "Glow Recipe Announced the Upcoming Launch of a Target Line Called Sweet Chef," 27 Dec. 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 How to pronounce fragrance (audio) \

Kids Definition of fragrance

: a sweet or pleasant smell

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