Definitions for scentsɛnt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. a distinctive odor, esp. when agreeable.

  2. an odor left in passing, by means of which an animal or person may be traced.

    Category: Animal Behavior

  3. a track or trail indicated by such an odor.

  4. perfume.

  5. the sense of smell:

    a remarkably keen scent.

    Category: Physiology

  6. (v.t.)to perceive or recognize by or as if by the sense of smell:

    to scent trouble.

  7. to fill with an odor; perfume.

  8. (v.i.)to hunt by the sense of smell, as a hound.

    Category: Animal Behavior

* Syn: See odor.

Origin of scent:

1325–75; (v.) earlier sent, ME senten < MF sentir to smell < L sentīre to feel; (n.) ME, der. of the v. Cf. sense


Princeton's WordNet

  1. aroma, fragrance, perfume, scent(noun)

    a distinctive odor that is pleasant

  2. scent(noun)

    an odor left in passing by which a person or animal can be traced

  3. olfactory property, smell, aroma, odor, odour, scent(verb)

    any property detected by the olfactory system

  4. odorize, odourise, scent(verb)

    cause to smell or be smelly

  5. scent, nose, wind(verb)

    catch the scent of; get wind of

    "The dog nosed out the drugs"

  6. perfume, scent(verb)

    apply perfume to

    "She perfumes herself every day"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. scent(noun)ˈɛnt

    a pleasant smell

    the scent of roses

  2. scentˈɛnt

    a smell produced by a particular animal or person

    The dog's picked up the rabbit's scent.


  1. scent(Noun)

    A distinctive odour or smell.

  2. scent(Noun)

    An odour left by an animal that may be used for tracing.

    The dogs lost the scent.

  3. scent(Noun)

    The sense of smell.

    I believe the bloodhound has the best scent of all dogs.

  4. scent(Noun)

    A perfume.

  5. scent(Noun)

    Any trail or trace that can be followed to find something or someone.

  6. scent(Verb)

    to detect the scent of

    The hounds scented the fox in the woods.

  7. scent(Verb)

    to impart an odour to

    Scent the air with burning sage before you begin your meditation.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Scent(verb)

    to perceive by the olfactory organs; to smell; as, to scent game, as a hound does

  2. Scent(verb)

    to imbue or fill with odor; to perfume

  3. Scent(verb)

    to have a smell

  4. Scent(verb)

    to hunt animals by means of the sense of smell

  5. Scent(noun)

    that which, issuing from a body, affects the olfactory organs of animals; odor; smell; as, the scent of an orange, or of a rose; the scent of musk

  6. Scent(noun)

    specifically, the odor left by an animal on the ground in passing over it; as, dogs find or lose the scent; hence, course of pursuit; track of discovery

  7. Scent(noun)

    the power of smelling; the sense of smell; as, a hound of nice scent; to divert the scent

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'scent' in Nouns Frequency: #2804

Translations for scent

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a (usually pleasant) smell

This rose has a delightful scent.

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