scent·​ed | \ ˈsen-təd How to pronounce scented (audio) \

Definition of scented

: having scent: such as
a : having a perfumed smell
b : having the sense of smell
c : having or exhaling an odor

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Examples of scented in a Sentence

a bowl of scented petals used to perfume a room
Recent Examples on the Web To truly set the scene, light a coconut-scented candle to get the good vibes going. Shelby Deering, House Beautiful, "How to Transform Your Home Into a Dreamy Oasis This Weekend," 21 Nov. 2019 At the very least, assemble some chocolate-scented salt. Sue Quinn, Washington Post, "Go ahead, have chocolate for dinner: Why you should cook with it, and not just dessert," 4 Oct. 2019 Two other Etna favorites were the racy, floral-scented 2016 Planeta Eruzione 1614 Carricante ($35) and the lithe 2018 Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Bianco ($20), marked by a penetrating mineral edge. Lettie Teague, WSJ, "Sicily’s Under-the-Radar Whites: Great Wines If You Can Get Them," 11 July 2019 Subway air quality in Vienna has already been improved recently, which may explain why the majority of riders weren’t keen on scented carriages. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Riders in Vienna have opted for stale subway air over aromatherapy," 10 Aug. 2019 Sweetly scented flowers are tiny and tightly grouped. Karen Dardick, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Summer blooms that can take the heat," 18 July 2019 Our beauty director’s must-haves: a do-it-all hydrating balm, cleansing wipes for your face or hands (or the seat), and a lightly scented hand sanitizer. Nicole Saporita, Good Housekeeping, "14 Genius Packing Tips to Help You Travel Like a Pro," 9 Apr. 2019 There’ll be food and drink vendors, as well as face-painters, psychic readers, and artisans hawking pottery, jewelry, period clothing, scented oils, armor, and lots of leather. Globe Staff,, "Suspend disbelief, bring imagination to the faire," 25 Aug. 2019 Braiden had felt the need to inhabit the stereotype of a man, but the 5-foot-tall nurturing lover of animals, scented lotions and spiritual healing crystals didn’t fit the category. Samantha Schmidt, Washington Post, "Braiden Schirtzinger is non-binary, pregnant and about to take on the most gendered role of all," 16 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of scented

1602, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of scented was in 1602

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26 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Scented.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 8 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of scented

: having a pleasing smell

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