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[frey-gruh ns] /ˈfreɪ grəns/
the quality of being fragrant; a sweet or pleasing scent.
perfume, cologne, toilet water, or the like.
Origin of fragrance
1660-70; < French < Late Latin frāgrantia. See fragrant, -ance Unabridged
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  • It was easy enough, by looking toward the left, to see where the fragrance came from.

  • It was to the girl as if the fragrance were twining and winding about her and impelling her like leashes.

  • The night wind was balmy, and there was a fragrance of cedar in its breath.

  • The smell of earth and grass after the heavy shower was like the fragrance of tea roses.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • She lifted it out, and the fragrance of an Eastern wood filled all the room.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
British Dictionary definitions for fragrance


noun (pl) -grances, -grancies
a pleasant or sweet odour; scent; perfume
the state of being fragrant
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for fragrance

1660s, from French fragrance or directly from Late Latin fragrantia, from fragrantem (see fragrant).

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