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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Cologne, Kolnnoun

    a commercial center and river port in western Germany on the Rhine River; flourished during the 15th century as a member of the Hanseatic League

  2. cologne, cologne water, eau de colognenoun

    a perfumed liquid made of essential oils and alcohol


  1. Colognenoun

    A city in northwestern Germany on the Rhine River.

    Etymology: Short for eau de Cologne < eau de Cologne, the name given to the original product in 1709. The success of the original Eau de Cologne inspired many imitators and it has become a genericized trademark

  2. colognenoun

    A type of perfume consisting of 2-5% essential oils, 70-90 % alcohol and water.

    You stink of too much cologne.

    Etymology: Short for eau de Cologne < eau de Cologne, the name given to the original product in 1709. The success of the original Eau de Cologne inspired many imitators and it has become a genericized trademark

Webster Dictionary

  1. Colognenoun

    a perfumed liquid, composed of alcohol and certain aromatic oils, used in the toilet; -- called also cologne water and eau de cologne

    Etymology: [Originally made in Cologne, the French name of Kln, a city in Germany.]


  1. Cologne

    Cologne is Germany's fourth-largest city, and is the largest city both in the German Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia and within the Rhine-Ruhr Metropolitan Area, one of the major European metropolitan areas with more than ten million inhabitants. Cologne is located on both sides of the Rhine River. The city's famous Cologne Cathedral is the seat of the Catholic Archbishop of Cologne. The University of Cologne is one of Europe's oldest and largest universities. Cologne was originally founded and established by the Romans in 50 AD, under the name Colonia Claudia Ara Agrippinensium. It was the capital of the Roman province of Germania Inferior and the headquarters of the military in the region until occupied by the Franks in 462. During the Middle Ages it flourished as one of the most important major trade routes between east and west in Europe. Cologne was one of the leading members of the Hanseatic League and one of the largest cities north of the Alps in mediaval and renaissance times. Up until World War II the city had undergone several other occupations by the French and also the British. Cologne was one of the most heavily bombed cities in Germany during World War II. The bombing reduced the population by 95% and destroyed almost the entire city. With the intention of restoring as many historic buildings as possible, the rebuilding has resulted in a very mixed and unique cityscape.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Cologne

    in German Köln, capital of Rhenish Prussia, and a fortress of first rank, on the left bank of the Rhine, 175 m. SE. of Rotterdam; is a busy commercial city, and is engaged in eau-de-Cologne, sugar, tobacco, and other manufactures. It has some fine old buildings, and a picture gallery; but its glory is its great cathedral, founded in the 9th century, burnt in 1248, since which time the rebuilding was carried on at intervals, and only completed in 1880; it is one of the masterpieces of Gothic architecture.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. cologne

    A fortified city of Prussia, the capital of the province of Rhenish Prussia, on the left bank of the Rhine. It is a fortress of the first rank. It was taken by the French in 1795, and assigned to Prussia in 1814.

Etymology and Origins

  1. Cologne

    The Colonia Agrippina of the Romans, so called after the mother of Nero, who was born here.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Cologne in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Cologne in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of Cologne in a Sentence

  1. Dustin Brown:

    It's a portrait of my dad. I got it last year in April, I think. I've always wanted to have a tattoo. I have the portrait of my dad at home in my bedroom, also. I don't get to see him that often. Normally in the off-season, it's been a very long road for me and my whole family. That's one of the things I've been wanting to do for a very long time and I had the opportunity to do that with a great tattoo artist in Cologne in Germany last year.

  2. Cologne Mayor Henriette Reker:

    We'll celebrate the traditional, unique and world-famous carnival much to everyone's delight like we have always done in Cologne, we have reacted to the events of New Year's Eve with specific measures.

  3. Will Heath/NBC:

    Russia has deployed 90,000 troops to its border with Ukraine leading many people to believe Vladimir Putin plans to invade the country, no offense to Ukraine, but why? Is Russia running low on tracksuits and counterfeit cologne?

  4. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban:

    [In Hungary] there are no ghettos and no no-go areas, no scenes like New Year's Eve in Cologne. The images from Cologne have deeply moved us Hungarians, i have four daughters. I can not help my children grow up in a world where something like Cologne can happen.

  5. Quentin Crisp:

    Euphemisms are not, as many young people think, useless verbiage for that which can and should be said bluntly; they are like secret agents on a delicate mission, they must airily pass by a stinking mess with barely so much as a nod of the head, make their point of constructive criticism and continue on in calm forbearance. Euphemisms are unpleasant truths wearing diplomatic cologne.

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    one whose prevailing mental imagery takes the form of inner feelings of action
    • A. bibulous
    • B. bristly
    • C. ostensive
    • D. motile

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