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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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  • I must bathe my brows in the vague mist, in the fragrance of the earth, in the light of the dawning day.

  • The night wind was balmy, and there was a fragrance of cedar in its breath.

  • When the two men returned to the house a quarter of an hour later, the fragrance of hot coffee greeted them.

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  • The smell of earth and grass after the heavy shower was like the fragrance of tea roses.

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  • The two girls had just time to take one more deep breath, full of the fragrance from the lilac blossoms, before the bell rang.

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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).

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