• Perfume


    • RP IPA: /ˈpɜːfjuːm/
    • US pûr'fyo͞om", IPA: /ˈpɝfjuːm/ or enPR: pər-fyoo͞m', IPA: /pɚˈfjuːm/


    From Middle French parfum, from the obsolete Italian parfumare "to smoke through"

    Full definition of perfume



    (plural perfumes)
    1. A pleasant smell; the scent, odor, or odoriferous particles emitted from a sweet-smelling substance; a pleasant odor; fragrance; aroma.
      • 1907, w, The Younger Set Chapter 5, Breezes blowing from beds of iris quickened her breath with their perfume ; she saw the tufted lilacs sway in the wind, and the streamers of rose-tinted wistaria swinging, all a-glisten with golden bees ; … .
    2. A substance created to provide a pleasant smell or one which emits an agreeable odor.


    Derived terms


    1. (transitive) To apply perfume to; to fill or impregnate with a perfume; to scent.

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