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the quality of being fragrant; a sweet or pleasing scent.
perfume, cologne, toilet water, or the like.
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Origin of fragrance

First recorded in 1660–70; from French, from Late Latin frāgrantia.See fragrant, -ance

synonym study for fragrance

See perfume.
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What does fragrance mean?

A fragrance is a pleasant scent, especially a somewhat strong one. Fragrance is especially associated with flowers.

The scent of something that smells good is typically called a fragrance or an aroma, while the scent of something that smells bad is typically called an odor. However, fragrance is sometimes used in a somewhat ironic or humorous way to refer to a scent that is strong and not good, as in There’s a strange fragrance coming from the leftovers in the fridge.

In the same way, the related adjective fragrant is most commonly used to describe things that have a strong, pleasant scent, as in These flowers are so fragrant. However, the word can also be used in a somewhat ironic or humorous way, as in Your socks are a bit fragrant.  

The word fragrance can also be used to refer to the quality of being fragrant, as in This plant food claims to increase the flowers’ level of fragrance. 

Fragrance can also refer to a perfume or cologne, as in We have a wide selection of fragrances. The word is especially used this way in the marketing of perfumes.

Example: I always look forward to springtime, when the fragrance of freshly bloomed flowers is in the air.

Where does fragrance come from?

The first records of the word fragrance come from the 1660s. It comes from the Latin frāgrantia, from the verb frāgrāre, meaning “to smell sweet.”

Fragrance usually refers to a sweet or pleasant smell, especially flowers and perfume. The word fragrance can refer to the scent of a delicious-smelling food, but the word aroma is perhaps more commonly used in that context. Calling a bad smell a fragrance is usually done to be funny. Calling a perfume a fragrance is often done to make it sound fancy, though the word may be used for more practical reasons. For example, fragrance sale is easier to say than perfume and cologne sale. 

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How is fragrance used in real life?

Fragrance is most often used in the context of flowers, perfumes, and other things that smell nice.



Try using fragrance!

Which of the following words is NOT a synonym of fragrance?

A. perfume
B. scent
C. texture
D. aroma

How to use fragrance in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for fragrance



/ (ˈfreɪɡrəns) /

noun plural -grances or -grancies
a pleasant or sweet odour; scent; perfume
the state of being fragrant
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