perfume

noun
per·​fume | \ ˈpər-ˌfyüm How to pronounce perfume (audio) , (ˌ)pər-ˈfyüm How to pronounce perfume (audio) \

Definition of perfume

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the scent of something sweet-smelling
2 : a substance that emits a pleasant odor especially : a fluid preparation of natural essences (as from plants or animals) or synthetics and a fixative used for scenting

perfume

verb
per·​fume | \ (ˌ)pər-ˈfyüm How to pronounce perfume (audio) , ˈpər-ˌfyüm \
perfumed; perfuming

Definition of perfume (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to fill or imbue with an odor

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Synonyms & Antonyms for perfume

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb

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Noun

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 perfume in a Sentence

Noun She smelled the different perfumes at the store. the perfume of fresh flowers filled the room Verb The meal included a delicate fish perfumed with butter and herbs. a time when it was common for men to perfume their hair
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Family heirlooms, like baby bonnets and embroidered pillowcases line the corridors, and a cabinet near the meeting rooms holds Lili’s collection of snazzy dresses, heirloom jewelry, vintage perfume bottles and the occasional cheeky little sign. Ann Abel, Forbes, 1 June 2021 Adriana kept the wedding band, the oversized sleep shirt, the bottle of J’adore perfume. New York Times, 29 May 2021 Old and empty perfume bottles from Chanel, Dior, Baccarat, and Gucci can sell for up to $100 each. Kathryn O'shea-evans, House Beautiful, 27 May 2021 Sales of perfume, nail polish, swimsuits, sunscreen, tuxedos, luggage and alarm clocks are climbing fast, according to companies that make these products and large retailers. Sarah Nassauer, WSJ, 24 May 2021 The dresser top-heavy with perfume bottles, self-help books, prayer missiles, and photos of my parents and me and my siblings growing up. Idrissa Simmonds, Wired, 19 May 2021 Also on the rise are sales of perfume, nail polish, and alarm clocks. Chris Morris, Fortune, 24 May 2021 Those speakers discussed the sensory and emotional impact of things like perfume, light, and sounds within the workplace. Evan Ramzipoor, Forbes, 21 May 2021 The couple visited Olfactory NYC to design a personalized scent, selecting one based on Olfactory's Cam perfume (figs, violet and sandalwood) and adding woodsy tones. Danielle Braff New York Times, Star Tribune, 21 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Their contributions were instrumental in the seamless transition of musk fragrance compounds from manufacturing stations to perfume bottles and back again. John Cumbers, Forbes, 12 May 2021 Just a gentle touch of hummingbird sage or Cleveland sage, for instance, could perfume an entire balcony. Jeanette Marantos, Los Angeles Times, 15 Apr. 2021 Adelita’s basic corn tortillas, also available in mini street-taco size, are some of the best in the city with a potent aroma of freshly nixtamalized and stone-ground corn that will perfume your kitchen when they get heated on a comal or griddle. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, 7 Apr. 2021 Local apple, pear and peach brandies, which perfume and lighten cake batters and pie fillings, have become key ingredients for him. New York Times, 2 Feb. 2021 And if that doesn’t give you a big enough bay leaf hit, the leaves are baked in between each roll, which perfume the rolls even more and lend it a beautiful presentation. Ben Mims, Los Angeles Times, 12 Nov. 2020 In ancient Egypt, lavender was used during the mummification process to perfume the corpse. Andrea Beck, Better Homes & Gardens, 10 July 2020 As the name suggests, aromas of blackberries and baking spice perfume the glass, followed by flavors of cassis and berries. Dave Mcintyre Columnist, Washington Post, 10 July 2020 The most reverent of recipes call for whole-belly quahogs and clam liquor, ingredients that perfume the hot-out-of-the-fryer dough with rich, briny steam. Kat Craddock, Saveur, 10 June 2016

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First Known Use of perfume

Noun

circa 1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1546, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for perfume

Noun

Middle French perfum, probably from Old Occitan, from perfumar to perfume, from per- thoroughly (from Latin) + fumar to smoke, from Latin fumare, from fumus smoke — more at fume

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The first known use of perfume was in 1546

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12 Jun 2021

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“Perfume.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/perfume. Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for perfume

perfume

noun

English Language Learners Definition of perfume

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a liquid substance that you put on your body in small amounts in order to smell pleasant
: a pleasant smell

perfume

verb

English Language Learners Definition of perfume (Entry 2 of 2)

literary : to fill or cover (something) with a pleasant smell
somewhat formal : to put perfume in or on (something)

perfume

noun
per·​fume | \ ˈpər-ˌfyüm How to pronounce perfume (audio) \

Kids Definition of perfume

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a liquid used to make a person smell nice
2 : a pleasant smell : fragrance

perfume

verb
per·​fume | \ pər-ˈfyüm How to pronounce perfume (audio) \
perfumed; perfuming

Kids Definition of perfume (Entry 2 of 2)

: to add a usually pleasant odor to : have the odor of

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