[frey-gruh ns]


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

Synonyms for fragrance

See perfume. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for fragrance

balm, bouquet, smell, incense, aroma, aura, redolence, perfume, scent, spice

Examples from the Web for fragrance

Contemporary Examples of fragrance

Historical Examples of fragrance

  • 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



noun plural -grances or -grancies

a pleasant or sweet odour; scent; perfume
the state of being fragrant
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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