|Origin:||parfum, probably from Old Provençal perfumar 'to perfume', from Latin fumare 'to smoke'|
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.
a sweet or pleasant smell [= scent]:
It had the delicate perfume of roses.
—perfumed adjective: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