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[kuh-lohn] /kəˈloʊn/
a mildly perfumed toilet water; eau de Cologne.
Also called Cologne water.
Origin of cologne
short for Cologne water, made in Cologne since 1709
Related forms
cologned, adjective


[kuh-lohn] /kəˈloʊn/
a city in W Germany.
German Köln.
Formerly Cöln. Unabridged
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  • In doing so the clever native of cologne never failed to draw brilliant pictures of the splendour of the imperial court.

  • Her husband had been in the employ of the cologne Golf Club.

  • It's about a tower made of cologne bottles, with a cupola of lovely glass arches, built on the white sand by the blue sea.

    Flower of the Dusk Myrtle Reed
  • Behind the high altar is the shrine of the Three Kings of cologne.

    Down the Rhine Oliver Optic
  • See, among others, the cologne Gazette of the 22d February, 1863.

    Two Chancellors Julian Klaczko
British Dictionary definitions for cologne


a perfumed liquid or solid made of fragrant essential oils and alcohol Also called Cologne water, eau de Cologne
Word Origin
C18: Cologne water, from Cologne, where it was first manufactured (1709)


an industrial city and river port in W Germany, in North Rhine-Westphalia on the Rhine: important commercially since ancient times; university (1388). Pop: 965 954 (2003 est) German name Köln
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Word Origin and History for cologne

1814, Cologne water, loan-translation of French eau de Cologne, literally "water from Cologne," from the city in Germany (German Köln, from Latin Colonia Agrippina) where it was made, first by Italian chemist Johann Maria Farina, who had settled there in 1709.

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cologne in Culture

Cologne definition

City in western Germany on the Rhine River; a commercial center.

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