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Definition of "perfume" []

  • A substance that emits and diffuses a fragrant odor, especially a volatile liquid distilled from flowers or prepared synthetically. (noun)
  • A pleasing, agreeable scent or odor. See Synonyms at fragrance. (noun)
  • To fill or permeate with fragrance; impart a pleasant odor to. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "perfume" in a sentence
  • "The word "perfume" comes from the Latin per fume, meaning "through smoke"."
  • "I tend towards butchness anyway living out here in the swamp and all, my perfume is more likely fly dope than anything floral."
  • "The perfume is penetrating but, even though it averages 6% acidity by weight, does not attack your sinuses and make you pull back like normal vinegars, and it is layered with floral and dried fruit essences."