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

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On the licensing front, McCartney produces eyewear, lingerie, swimwear, fragrances, and a long-term partnership with Adidas. Kate Dwyer, Fortune, "Taylor Swift and Stella McCartney Release ‘Lover’ Fashion Collection," 20 Aug. 2019 People usually associate terpenes only with the fragrance and flavor of a marijuana strain in question, but the reality is quite far from it. Mike Adams,, "Why are cannabis terpenes so very important?," 19 Aug. 2019 In the Vienna underground, hints of these fragrances, and various blends of the scents, were diffused in the ventilation systems, and riders were asked to opine about the experiment online. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Riders in Vienna have opted for stale subway air over aromatherapy," 10 Aug. 2019 Here, 20 people describe that one, holy-grail product—from makeup to fragrance and much more—that helps energize them day in and day out, and gives them a little extra firepower. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "20 People on the Beauty Product That Makes Them Feel Powerful," 22 Apr. 2019 The Eyes Eyes Baby Anti-Aging Eye Cream ($21.99; from Fleur & Bee is a super rich and moisturizing eye cream made from natural ingredients and free from parabens, sulfates and artificial fragrances. Nikhita Mahtani, CNN Underscored, "Want to fight dark circles? Look for these ingredients in your next eye cream," 10 Aug. 2019 Glossier’s cluster of nine pop-ups, which include standalone stores devoted to brows, skin care, and fragrance, will be open through Oct. 4. Globe Staff,, "Glossier opens pop-up village in Seaport, part of a new model for selling makeup," 9 Aug. 2019 Sulfur is typically mixed with other active ingredients to get the most efficacy and fragrances to mask the strong scent. Jessica Cruel, SELF, "12 Acne Treatments That Really Work, According to Dermatologists," 8 Aug. 2019 Other interesting items listed under the new trademark are fragrances and solid perfumes, and everything falls under the Kylie Cosmetics umbrella. Thatiana Diaz,, "Is Kylie Jenner Launching Nail Products? All Signs Point To Yes," 25 July 2019

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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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