perfumeper‧fume1 /ˈpɜːfjuːm $ ˈpɜːr-/ ●●○ noun [countable, uncountable]1DCBCOa liquid with a strong pleasantsmell that women put on their skin or clothing to make themselves smell nice syn scentShe was wearing the perfume that he’d bought her.► see thesaurus at smell2COa sweet or pleasant smell syn scentIt had the delicate perfume of roses. —perfumed adjectiveperfumed soapCOLLOCATIONS – Meaning 1: a liquid with a strong pleasant smell that women put on their skin or clothing to make themselves smell niceverbswear perfumeWhat's that perfume you are wearing? dab perfume on something (=quickly put perfume on )She dabbed some perfume on her throat.spray yourself with perfumeJody sprayed herself with some of her mother’s perfume.reek of perfume (=smell strongly of perfume)It seemed to Polly that Sasha always left the bathroom reeking of horrible perfume. smell of perfumeHer coat smelt of cheap perfume and cigarettes.adjectivesstrongI don't like wearing very strong perfume.heavy (=strong)She smelled of a heavy perfume he associated with his mother.exotic (=unusual and interesting because it seems foreign)The dancer left a waft of exotic perfume in the air.cheap/expensiveHe bought her a bottle of expensive French perfume.phrasesa bottle/jar of perfumeHe gave me a bottle of my favourite perfume.the smell/scent of perfumeThe smell of perfume filled the air.a whiff/hint of perfume (=a very slight smell of perfume )As she lifted the letter, she caught the faintest hint of perfume.COLLOCATIONS – Meaning 2: a sweet or pleasant smelladjectivessweetShe breathed in the sweet perfume of the roses.heady (=strong and sweet)In early summer, lilacs finally open and release their heady perfume.faintthe faint perfume of a spring woodlanddelicateThe flowers have a delicate perfume similar to cowslips.
perfumeper‧fume2 /ˈpɜːfjuːm $ pərˈfjuːm/ verb [transitive]1literaryCO to make a place have a sweet pleasant smellLilacs perfumed the air.2DCBto put perfume on something→ See Verb table
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perfume• The room was warm and perfumed.• He told the barber he wanted to be perfumed and powdered.• Reed had the sewer walls perfumed and used a stand-in when possible.• The sweet scent of sagebrushperfumed the air.