a mildly perfumed toilet water; eau de Cologne.
Also called Cologne water.

short for Cologne water, made in Cologne since 1709

cologned, adjective Unabridged


a city in W Germany.
German Köln.
Formerly Cöln. Unabridged
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cologne (kəˈləʊn)
Cologne water, Also called: eau de Cologne a perfumed liquid or solid made of fragrant essential oils and alcohol
[C18: Cologne water, from Cologne, where it was first manufactured (1709)]

Cologne (kəˈləʊn)
German name: Köln 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)

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Word Origin & History

1814, Cologne water, loan-transl. of Fr. eau de Cologne, lit. "water from Cologne," from the city in Germany (Ger. Köln, from L. Colonia Agrippina) where it was made, first by It. chemist Johann Maria Farina, who had settled there in 1709.
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Cologne definition

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

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in perfumery, scented solution usually consisting of alcohol and about 2-6 percent perfume concentrate. Originally, eau de cologne was a mixture of citrus oils from such fruits as lemons and oranges, combined with such substances as lavender and neroli (orange-flower oil); toilet waters were less-concentrated forms of other types of perfume. The two terms, cologne and toilet water, however, have come to be used interchangeably.

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He was apprenticed to a bookseller, then studied german at the university of cologne.
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