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perfume

noun per·fume \ ˈpər-ˌfyüm , (ˌ)pər-ˈfyüm \
Updated on: 8 Nov 2017

Definition of perfume

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

Examples of perfume in a Sentence

  1. She smelled the different perfumes at the store.

  2. the perfume of fresh flowers filled the room

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Origin and Etymology of perfume

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

perfume Synonyms

Synonyms
aroma, attar (also otto), balm, bouquet, fragrancy, incense, fragrance, redolence, scent, spice
Antonyms
fetor, malodor, reek, stench, stink
Related Words
essence, odor

Synonym Discussion of perfume

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

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perfume

verb per·fume \ (ˌ)pər-ˈfyüm , ˈpər-ˌfyüm \

Definition of perfume

perfumed; perfuming
transitive verb
:to fill or imbue with an odor

Examples of perfume in a Sentence

  1. The meal included a delicate fish perfumed with butter and herbs.

  2. a time when it was common for men to perfume their hair

Recent Examples of perfume from the Web

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First Known Use of perfume

1546

perfume Synonyms

Synonyms
incense, odorize, scent
Antonyms
stink up
Near Antonyms
deodorize

PERFUME Defined for English Language Learners

perfume

noun

Definition of perfume for English Language Learners

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

  • : a pleasant smell


perfume

verb

Definition of perfume for English Language Learners

  • : to fill or cover (something) with a pleasant smell

  • : to put perfume in or on (something)


PERFUME Defined for Kids

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perfume

noun per·fume \ ˈpər-ˌfyüm \

Definition of perfume for Students

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

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perfume

verb per·fume \ pər-ˈfyüm \

Definition of perfume for Students

perfumed; perfuming
:to add a usually pleasant odor to :have the odor of


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