patch·​ou·​li | \ pə-ˈchü-lē How to pronounce patchouli (audio) also ˈpa-chə-lē How to pronounce patchouli (audio) \
variants: or less commonly patchouly

Definition of patchouli

: a heavy perfume made from the fragrant essential oil of a southeast Asian mint (Pogostemon cablin) also : the plant itself

Examples of patchouli in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There’s the town librarian, with his Willy Nelson braids who smells of pot and patchouli oil. Nancy Lord, Anchorage Daily News, "Best-selling author of ‘cozy’ mysteries sets new series in small-town Alaska," 26 Jan. 2020 The Wild Woodlands candle is made of a blend of fir needles and cedar-wood, as well as amber, musk, patchouli and clove. Jessica Migala, NBC News, "Best 18 relaxation gifts and stress-relieving gifts of 2019," 25 Nov. 2019 This soothing roller ball is filled with essential oils: lavender, vetivert, and patchouli, a blend designed to relieve stress and tension. Jessica Migala, NBC News, "18 travel gifts that make traveling better and easier in 2019," 21 Nov. 2019 The Tennessee version contains a mix of scents including lemon, spicy cloves, and patchouli. Tennessean Staff, USA TODAY, "10 gifts for people who love Nashville," 19 Nov. 2019 Byredo Rich cognac swirled with patchouli, violet and vanilla makes Slow Dance an intoxicating sweet, woody unisex scent; $260, at Nordstrom, The Grove or at 2. Meg Hemphill, The Hollywood Reporter, "6 Woodsy Scents for All Genders," 30 Oct. 2019 Scents like sage, patchouli, oud, and smoke are much more fashionable. Jennifer Goldstein, Marie Claire, "Floral Perfumes to Spritz This Fall," 7 Oct. 2019 This latest version of the scent reportedly features top notes of lavender and bergamot, middle notes of jasmine, iris, and rose, and base notes of vanilla, sandalwood, coumarin, benzoin, licorice, and patchouli. Marci Robin, Allure, "Nearly All of Angelina Jolie's Tattoos Are Visible in Her New Guerlain Perfume Ad," 4 Aug. 2019 No other hand cream will coat your palms, fingers, and nails in a luxuriously-hydrating bath of Turkish rose, raspberry blossom, patchouli, and white musk. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "Why Byredo's Rose Hand Cream Is Worth It," 11 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of patchouli

1845, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for patchouli

Tamil paccuḷi

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Cite this Entry

“Patchouli.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of patchouli

: a perfume that is made from the oil of a southeast Asian plant

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