What does perfume mean?

Definitions for perfume
ˈpɜr fyum, pərˈfyum; pərˈfyum, ˈpɜr fyumper·fume

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word perfume.

Princeton's WordNet

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

    a distinctive odor that is pleasant

  2. perfume, essence(verb)

    a toiletry that emits and diffuses a fragrant odor

  3. perfume, aromatize, aromatise(verb)

    fill or impregnate with an odor

    "orange blossoms perfumed the air in the garden"

  4. perfume, scent(verb)

    apply perfume to

    "She perfumes herself every day"

Wiktionary

  1. perfume(Noun)

    A pleasant smell; the scent, odor, or odoriferous particles emitted from a sweet-smelling substance; a pleasant odor; fragrance; aroma.

    Etymology: From parfum, from the obsolete parfumare "to smoke through"

  2. perfume(Noun)

    A substance created to provide a pleasant smell or one which emits an agreeable odor.

    Etymology: From parfum, from the obsolete parfumare "to smoke through"

  3. perfume(Verb)

    To apply perfume to; to fill or impregnate with a perfume; to scent.

    Etymology: From parfum, from the obsolete parfumare "to smoke through"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Perfume(verb)

    to fill or impregnate with a perfume; to scent

    Etymology: [F. parfumer (cf. Sp. perfumar); par (see Par) + fumer to smoke, L. fumare, fr. fumus smoke. See Fume.]

  2. Perfume

    the scent, odor, or odoriferous particles emitted from a sweet-smelling substance; a pleasant odor; fragrance; aroma

    Etymology: [F. parfumer (cf. Sp. perfumar); par (see Par) + fumer to smoke, L. fumare, fr. fumus smoke. See Fume.]

  3. Perfume

    a substance that emits an agreeable odor

    Etymology: [F. parfumer (cf. Sp. perfumar); par (see Par) + fumer to smoke, L. fumare, fr. fumus smoke. See Fume.]

Freebase

  1. Perfume

    Perfume or parfum is a mixture of fragrant essential oils or aroma compounds, fixatives and solvents used to give the human body, animals, food, objects, and living spaces "a pleasant scent." Perfumes have been known to exist in some of the earliest human civilizations, either through ancient texts or from archaeological digs. Modern perfumery began in the late 19th century with the commercial synthesis of aroma compounds such as vanillin or coumarin, which allowed for the composition of perfumes with smells previously unattainable solely from natural aromatics alone.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Perfume

    pėr′fūm, or pėr-fūm′, n. sweet-smelling smoke: sweet scent: anything which yields a sweet odour.—v.t. (pėr-fūm′) to fill with a pleasant odour: to scent.—adj. Perfū′matory, yielding perfume.—ns. Per′fume-foun′tain, a small appliance for throwing a jet or spray of perfume; Perfū′mer, one who or that which perfumes: one who makes or sells perfumes; Perfū′mery, perfumes in general: the art of preparing perfumes; Per′fume-set, a set of articles for the toilet-table.—adj. Per′fūmy. [Fr. parfum—L. per, through, fumus, smoke.]

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. perfume

    Any smell that is used to down a worse one.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Perfume

    A substance, extract, or preparation for diffusing or imparting an agreeable or attractive smell, especially a fluid containing fragrant natural oils extracted from flowers, woods, etc., or similar synthetic oils. (Random House Unabridged Dictionary, 2d ed)

Editors Contribution

  1. perfume

    A type of liquid, oil and product.

    Perfume is created and produced worldwide and loved and used by many.

    Submitted by MaryC on May 20, 2016  

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How to pronounce perfume?

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How to say perfume in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of perfume in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of perfume in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of perfume in a Sentence

  1. Daphne DuMaurier, Rebecca:

    I wish there could have been an invention that bottled up a memory, like perfume, and it never faded, never got stale. Then whenever I wanted to, I could uncork that bottle and live the memory all over again.

  2. Charles M. Schwab:

    Personality is to a man what perfume is to a flower.

  3. Catman Cohen:

    As Hurricane Sandy clearly demonstrated, there is a woeful lack of redundancy in the nation's health care facilities. However, take solace in knowing there are no lack of choices in those things the advertisers convince us should matter more. For example, right now, you can purchase at least five different varieties of perfume by Paris Hilton at your local mall so, even if you can no longer find a single hospital anywhere nearby, the good news is we live in a society where you'll never lack for options to smell good while you suffer in pain.

  4. Ralph Waldo Emerson:

    Happiness is a perfume which you cannot pour on someone without getting some on yourself.

  5. Ehsan Sehgal:

    The flowery character waves perfume in tone and pours sweetness in speech.

Images & Illustrations of perfume

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