Definition of perfume noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈpɜːfjuːm//
    ; NAmE NAmE//pərˈfjuːm//
    [countable, uncountable]
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  1. 1a liquid, often made from flowers, that you put on your skin to make yourself smell nice a bottle of expensive perfume We stock a wide range of perfumes. the perfume counter of the store She was wearing too much perfume. There was strong smell of cheap perfume in the car.
  2. 2a pleasant, often sweet, smell synonym scent the heady perfume of the roses
  3. Word Originmid 16th cent. (originally denoting pleasant-smelling smoke from a burning substance, especially one used in fumigation): from French parfum (noun), parfumer (verb), from obsolete Italian parfumare, literally ‘to smoke through’.Extra examples He caught a faint whiff of her expensive perfume. She dabbed some perfume on her wrists. She reeked of cheap perfume. She works on the perfume counter. The letter had been sprayed with perfume. The lilies release their heady perfume in the evening. The perfume of the roses filled the room. You could smell the perfume of the lilies. The perfume of orange blossom filled the air. The roses gave off a heady perfume.
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