verb (used with object), per·fumed, per·fum·ing.
- performing arts,
Origin of perfume
Examples from the Web for perfume
Perfume bottles and weathered papyrus replicas gather dust in the grubby window displays of the empty shops.
Before sending it she rubbed her perfume on it like a magical charm.
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|DAILY BEAST
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.
The name by which the fruit was known to the Greeks indicates its size; with the Latins its name was symbolic of its perfume.Science in the Kitchen.|Mrs. E. E. Kellogg
THE generality of naturalists are of opinion that the perfume called civet, or musk, is furnished only by one species of animals.Buffon's Natural History. Volume VII (of 10)|Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon
And I have yet to find one that has an odor that could be called a perfume.A Year in the Fields|John Burroughs
There were exquisite wafts of perfume from hidden flowers breathing their dreams to the night.The Ninth Vibration And Other Stories|L. Adams Beck
It smells of warm leather, moist beast, and a little of her own perfume too.Barks and Purrs|Colette Willy, aka Colette
Word Origin 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.