Also atar, athar, ottar, otto. a perfume or essential oil obtained from flowers or petals.
Also called attar of roses. rose oil.

Nearby words

  1. attalid,
  2. attalus i,
  3. attalus ii,
  4. attalus iii,
  5. attapulgite,
  6. attar of roses,
  7. attawapiskat,
  8. attelet,
  9. attemper,
  10. attempt

Origin of attar

1790–1800; short for Persian 'atar-gūl attar of roses, akin to ʿatara to smell sweet, ʿiṭr fragrance (< Ar) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for attar


otto (ˈɒtəʊ) or ottar (ˈɒtə)


an essential oil from flowers, esp the damask rose, used pure or as a base for perfumeattar of roses

Word Origin for attar

C18: from Persian `atir perfumed, from `itr perfume, from Arabic

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Word Origin and History for attar



1798, from Persian 'atar-gul "essence of roses," from 'atar "fragrance," from Arabic 'utur "perfumes, aromas."

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