Definition of Perfume

1. Noun. A distinctive odor that is pleasant.

Exact synonyms: Aroma, Fragrance, Scent
Generic synonyms: Odor, Odour, Olfactory Perception, Olfactory Sensation, Smell
Specialized synonyms: Incense
Derivative terms: Aromatic, Aromatise, Aromatize, Fragrant, Scent, Scent

2. Verb. Fill or impregnate with an odor. "Orange blossoms perfumed the air in the garden"
Exact synonyms: Aromatise, Aromatize
Generic synonyms: Odorize, Odourise, Scent
Derivative terms: Aroma, Aroma, Aroma, Aroma, Perfumery

3. Noun. A toiletry that emits and diffuses a fragrant odor.

4. Verb. Apply perfume to. "She perfumes herself every day"
Exact synonyms: Scent
Generic synonyms: Groom, Neaten
Derivative terms: Perfumery, Scent

Definition of Perfume

1. v. t. To fill or impregnate with a perfume; to scent.

2. n. The scent, odor, or odoriferous particles emitted from a sweet-smelling substance; a pleasant odor; fragrance; aroma.

Definition of Perfume

1. Noun. A pleasant smell; the scent, odor, or odoriferous particles emitted from a sweet-smelling substance; a pleasant odor; fragrance; aroma. ¹

2. Noun. A substance created to provide a pleasant smell or one which emits an agreeable odor. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To apply perfume to; to fill or impregnate with a perfume; to scent. ¹

¹ Source:

Definition of Perfume

1. to fill with a fragrant odor [v -FUMED, -FUMING, -FUMES]

Medical Definition of Perfume

1. 1. The scent, odour, or odouriferous particles emitted from a sweet-smelling substance; a pleasant odour; fragrance; aroma. "No rich perfumes refresh the fruitful field." (Pope) 2. A substance that emits an agreeable odour. "And thou shalt make it a perfume." (Ex. Xxx. 35) Origin: F. Parfum; cf. Sp. Perfume. See Perfume. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Perfume

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perfume (current term)

Literary usage of Perfume

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Enquiry Into Plants and Minor Works on Odours and Weather Signs by Theophrastus (1916)
"Some again are altogether more permanent, as spikenard and iris- perfume, ... a perfume is, the longer it lasts. Again some perfumes for some reason keep ..."

2. The American Rose Annual by American Rose Society (1917)
"HT Salmon-white, sometimes tinged with Japan yellow in center; perfume mild; ... La Tosca, HT Silvery pink with deeper center; perfume mild; fifty-seven ..."

3. Chambers's Encyclopædia: A Dictionary of Universal Knowledge for the People by Ephraim Chambers (1870)
"The result is, that the spirit extracta all the odour, becoming itself ' perfume,' while the grease again becomes odourless ; thus is procured the essence ..."

4. The Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture: A Discussion for the Amateur, and by Liberty Hyde Bailey (1916)
"When labor conditions admit, true violet perfume may be produced in California ... The type of rose bloom best suited for perfume purposes is semi-double, ..."

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