- a substance, extract, or preparation for diffusing or imparting an agreeable or attractive smell, especially a fluid containing fragrant natural oils extracted from flowers, woods, etc., or similar synthetic oils.
- the scent, odor, or volatile particles emitted by substances that smell agreeable.
- (of substances, flowers, etc.) to impart a pleasant fragrance to.
- to impregnate with a sweet odor; scent.
Origin of perfume
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Examples from the Web for perfume
Perfume bottles and weathered papyrus replicas gather dust in the grubby window displays of the empty shops.Egyptian Tomb-Robbing Market Explodes on eBay
May 31, 2014
Before sending it she rubbed her perfume on it like a magical charm.The Moment Kurt Cobain Met Courtney Love
Charles R. Cross
April 5, 2014
But the flower I lifted from the table was fresh and fragile and filled the air with perfume.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show
Robert W. Chambers
February 20, 2014
He reached up to the front seat, took my hand by the wrist and rubbed the perfume from his palm to mine.
Abu Hassar nodded and took a small vial of perfume from his Adidas sweatshirt.
She had taken the bouquet of violets and breathed the perfume to cool her feverishness.The Dream
"They soon lose their perfume," replied the sombre Old Year.The Sister Years (From "Twice Told Tales")
How far away all that already was, and with what perfume had it not filled his life!The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
In vain they woo him with their beauteous eyes and breath of perfume.
The perfume of violet scent was almost unbearable, but he did not flinch.The Avenger
E. Phillips Oppenheim
- (tr) to impart a perfume to
Word Origin and History for perfume
1530s, "fumes from a burning substance," from Middle French parfum (16c.), from parfumer "to scent," from Old Provençal perfumar or cognate words in dialectal Italian (perfumare) or Spanish (perfumar), from Latin per- "through" (see per) + fumare "to smoke" (see fume (n.)). Meaning "fluid containing agreeable essences of flowers, etc.," is attested from 1540s.
1530s, "to fill with smoke or vapor," from perfume (n.) or from Middle French parfumer. Meaning "to impart a sweet scent to" is from 1530s. Related: Perfumed; perfuming.