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 product.

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

    Submitted by MaryC on May 20, 2016  

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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. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    The most favorite perfume, for gentlemen and ladies alike, has been the "New Car Perfume" by far. Interestingly this new-car-like-smell is nothing but the floating volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in your new car, which aren't good at all for either the humans or the environment. I often think that the best fragrance must be Petrichor, the exquisite earthy smell that often permeates in the air, right after the first intimate union of fresh and purest rain drops with hot and awaiting thirsty ground. No fragrance can ever match the attractive and seductive scent of Petrichor, in my view.

  2. 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.

  3. Aurora Anaya-Cerda:

    People build altars to let their loved ones know they were missed, candles are lit to help guide them back to their home and some of their favorite items are set out to make them feel welcomed. I've made an altar in honor of my grandmother, setting out her favorite perfume.

  4. Ehsan Sehgal:

    Never be the enemy; even one has reasons for that, never hate and harm others, one will be glad, safe and satisfied. Each one of us lives, in society and society lives in each one of us. Be as perfume, as a blossom, and be a path of harmony, love, friendship, justice, integration, and tolerance. Just fight own criminal and negative thoughts, one will perceive and feel the world is not less than a paradise.

  5. Ehsan Sehgal:

    Never expect flowers and perfume from those who carry and execute garbage and filthy stink by their tongue, character, and mischievous attitude and actions.

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