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  1. a mildly perfumed toilet water; eau de Cologne.

Origin of cologne

short for Cologne water, made in Cologne since 1709
Also called Cologne water.
Related formsco·logned, adjective


  1. a city in W Germany.
German Köln.Formerly Cöln.
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  1. a perfumed liquid or solid made of fragrant essential oils and alcoholAlso called: Cologne water, eau de Cologne

Word Origin

C18: Cologne water, from Cologne, where it was first manufactured (1709)


  1. an industrial city and river port in W Germany, in North Rhine-Westphalia on the Rhine: important commercially since ancient times; university (1388). Pop: 965 954 (2003 est)German name: Köln
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Word Origin and History for cologne


1814, Cologne water, loan-translation of French eau de Cologne, literally "water from Cologne," from the city in Germany (German Köln, from Latin Colonia Agrippina) where it was made, first by Italian chemist Johann Maria Farina, who had settled there in 1709.

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cologne in Culture


City in western Germany on the Rhine River; a commercial center.

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