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fragrance

[frey-gruh ns]
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noun
  1. the quality of being fragrant; a sweet or pleasing scent.
  2. perfume, cologne, toilet water, or the like.
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Origin of fragrance

1660–70; < French < Late Latin frāgrantia. See fragrant, -ance

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See perfume.
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Examples from the Web for fragrance

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Historical Examples

  • 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

  • Susan was waving it back and forth before her face, stirring the air to fragrance.

    Tiverton Tales

    Alice Brown


British Dictionary definitions for fragrance

fragrance

fragrancy

noun plural -grances or -grancies
  1. a pleasant or sweet odour; scent; perfume
  2. the state of being fragrant
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Word Origin and History for fragrance

n.

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

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