perfume

[n. pur-fyoom, per-fyoom; v. per-fyoom, pur-fyoom]
noun
1.
a substance, extract, or preparation for diffusing or imparting an agreeable or attractive smell, especially a fluid containing fragrant natural oils extracted from flowers, woods, etc., or similar synthetic oils.
2.
the scent, odor, or volatile particles emitted by substances that smell agreeable.
verb (used with object), perfumed, perfuming.
3.
(of substances, flowers, etc.) to impart a pleasant fragrance to.
4.
to impregnate with a sweet odor; scent.

Origin:
1525–35; earlier parfume (noun) < Middle French parfum, noun derivative of parfumer (v.) < obsolete Italian parfumare (modern profumare). See per-, fume

perfumeless, adjective
perfumy, adjective
unperfumed, adjective


1. essence, attar, scent; incense. 2. Perfume, aroma, fragrance all refer to agreeable odors. Perfume often indicates a strong, rich smell, natural or manufactured: the perfume of flowers. Fragrance is usually applied to fresh, delicate, and delicious odors, especially from growing things: fragrance of new-mown hay. Aroma is restricted to a somewhat spicy smell: the aroma of coffee.


2. stench.
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perfume
 
n
1.  cologne See also toilet water a mixture of alcohol and fragrant essential oils extracted from flowers, spices, etc, or made synthetically, used esp to impart a pleasant long-lasting scent to the body, stationery, etc
2.  a scent or odour, esp a fragrant one
 
vb
3.  (tr) to impart a perfume to
 
[C16: from French parfum, probably from Old Provençal perfum, from perfumar to make scented, from per through (from Latin) + fumar to smoke, from Latin fumāre to smoke]

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perfume
1533, from M.Fr. parfum, from parfumer "to scent," from Prov. perfumar, from L. per- "through" (see per) + fumare "to smoke" (see fume). Earliest use in Eng. was in reference to fumes from something burning. Meaning "fluid containing agreeable essences
of flowers, etc., is attested from 1542. The verb is first recorded 1538.
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Example sentences
Jars of skin cream still bore the scent of coconuts, and flasks of perfume
  exuded essence of rose.
The czar's servants carried the opulent dishes, perfume bottles and other
  personal items directly to the czar's private chamber.
And putting make-up, hair extensions, and perfume in the same category as lying
  is really a stretch.
Many of the ingredients prized by perfume companies are being regulated out of
  existence.
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