[ sent ]
/ sɛnt /


verb (used with object)

to perceive or recognize by or as if by the sense of smell: to scent trouble.
to fill with an odor; perfume.

verb (used without object)

to hunt by the sense of smell, as a hound.

Nearby words

  1. scenic,
  2. scenic railway,
  3. scenic reserve,
  4. scenographic,
  5. scenography,
  6. scent gland,
  7. scent mark,
  8. scent-mark,
  9. scented,
  10. scented orchid

Origin of scent

1325–75; (v.) earlier sent, Middle English senten < Middle French sentir to smell < Latin sentīre to feel; (noun) Middle English, derivative of the v. Cf. sense

1. See odor. 7. smell, sniff.

Related forms
Can be confusedcents scents sense Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for scented


/ (sɛnt) /



Derived Formsscented, adjectivescentless, adjectivescentlessness, noun

Word Origin for scent

C14: from Old French sentir to sense, from Latin sentīre to feel; see sense

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Word Origin and History for scented
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Idioms and Phrases with scented


see throw off, def. 3.

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