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[frey-gruh ns] /ˈfreɪ grəns/
the quality of being fragrant; a sweet or pleasing scent.
perfume, cologne, toilet water, or the like.
Origin of fragrance
1660-70; < French < Late Latin frāgrantia. See fragrant, -ance
See perfume. Unabridged
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  • Add essential oils such as lavender or lemon to your cleaning products for a pleasant fragrance.
  • Inside, the fragrance of the flowers mingled with the odor of wood smoke and mildew.
  • The rose fragrance was also really light and pleasant.
  • The consolidation among fragrance makers over the past year has dramatically reordered the industry.
  • The luminous, double-rose flowers have a sublime fragrance.
  • Each variety had a distinct fragrance from the others, but all were easily identifiable as a rose fragrance.
  • Before infusion, cuppers should evaluate the dry fragrance by sniffing the grounds.
  • My sarong, freshly laundered, sports a lingering fragrance of sandalwood.
  • Both flowers and bruised leaves have fragrance of an old wine barrel.
  • Rose water is used as a home fragrance and is also known for its medicinal properties.
British Dictionary definitions for fragrance


noun (pl) -grances, -grancies
a pleasant or sweet odour; scent; perfume
the state of being fragrant
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for fragrance

1660s, from French fragrance or directly from Late Latin fragrantia, from fragrantem (see fragrant).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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