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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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  • I must bathe my brows in the vague mist, in the fragrance of the earth, in the light of the dawning day.

  • Up from them lifted a fragrance that rivaled even that of orris root.

    The Rich Little Poor Boy Eleanor Gates
  • When the two men returned to the house a quarter of an hour later, the fragrance of hot coffee greeted them.

    A Book of Quaker Saints Lucy Violet Hodgkin
  • We stopped not to look upon its bright flowers—we perceived not their fragrance.

    The Quadroon Mayne Reid
  • The two girls had just time to take one more deep breath, full of the fragrance from the lilac blossoms, before the bell rang.

    Clematis Bertha B. Cobb
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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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