patch·​ou·​li pə-ˈchü-lē How to pronounce patchouli (audio)
ˈpa-chə-lē How to pronounce patchouli (audio)
variants or less commonly patchouly
: 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 Clove, patchouli, sandalwood, cardamom, and petitgrain punctuate this sensual number from Symrise perfumer Carlos Viñals. Adam Hurly, Robb Report, 28 Mar. 2024 But no matter which scents are on the nose, Giraldo encourages you to stop and smell the roses… and the patchouli… and the leather. Kelsey Mulvey, Sunset Magazine, 12 Feb. 2024 In this candle, aptly named Bibliothèque, the velvety quality of paper is embodied in touches of peach, plum, vanilla and patchouli. Anna Tingley, Variety, 23 Feb. 2024 More than 10,000 customers just bought this scented Yankee Candle that has warm and earthy notes of musk, patchouli, and mahogany wood. Clara McMahon, Peoplemag, 3 Feb. 2024 This fragrance tends to smell like a lemon and tangerine note, with the masculine scent of sage and patchouli shining through as the day continues. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 14 Jan. 2024 Fresh, delicate, and feminine, this blends patchouli, vetiver, orange, jasmine, and rose into an aroma unlike any other. Kiana Murden, Vogue, 7 Feb. 2024 King William pear, freesia, and patchouli are the key notes, paired with argan oil and vitamin B5 for extra hair conditioning benefits. Kiana Murden, Vogue, 7 Feb. 2024 The modernized version is a fruity chypre with raspberries, black currant, rose and patchouli. Caitie Kelly Kin Woo Kate Guadagnino Nicole Demarco Megan O’Sullivan, New York Times, 25 Jan. 2024

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Word History


Tamil paccuḷi

First Known Use

1845, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of patchouli was in 1845

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“Patchouli.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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