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Topic: HAIR AND BEAUTY

Date: 1500-1600
Language: French
Origin: parfum, probably from Old Provençal perfumar 'to perfume', from Latin fumare 'to smoke'

perfume

1 noun
     
perfume
per‧fume1 [uncountable and countable]
1DCBCO a liquid with a strong pleasant smell that women put on their skin or clothing to make themselves smell nice [= scent]:
She was wearing the perfume that he'd bought her.
2CO a sweet or pleasant smell [= scent]:
It had the delicate perfume of roses.
perfumed adjective:
perfumed soap
WORD FOCUS: smell WORD FOCUS: smell
good smell: aroma, perfume, fragrance, scent

bad smell: stink, stench, odour British English/odor American English, whiff, pong British English


See also
smell
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