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Princeton's WordNet

  1. aroma, fragrance, perfume, scentnoun

    a distinctive odor that is pleasant

  2. scentnoun

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

  3. olfactory property, smell, aroma, odor, odour, scentverb

    any property detected by the olfactory system

  4. odorize, odourise, scentverb

    cause to smell or be smelly

  5. scent, nose, windverb

    catch the scent of; get wind of

    "The dog nosed out the drugs"

  6. perfume, scentverb

    apply perfume to

    "She perfumes herself every day"


  1. scentnoun

    A distinctive odour or smell.

  2. scentnoun

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

    The dogs lost the scent.

  3. scentnoun

    The sense of smell.

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

  4. scentnoun

    A perfume.

  5. scentnoun

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

  6. scentverb

    to detect the scent of

    The hounds scented the fox in the woods.

  7. scentverb

    to impart an odour to

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. SCENTnoun

    Etymology: sentir, to smell, French.

    A hunted hare treads back her mazes, crosses and confounds her former track, and uses all possible methods to divert the scent. Isaac Watts, Improvement of the Mind.

    Belman cried upon it at the meerest loss,
    And twice to-day pick’d out the dullest scent. William Shakespeare.

    The plague, they report, hath a scent of the smell of a mellow apple. Francis Bacon.

    Good earth, newly turned up, hath a freshness and good scent. Francis Bacon.

    Good scents do purify the brain,
    Awake the fancy, and the wits refine. Davies.

    The season, prime for sweetest scents and airs. John Milton.

    Exulting, ’till he finds their nobler sense
    Their disproportion’d speed does recompense;
    Then curses his conspiring feet, whose scent
    Betrays that safety which their swiftness lent. John Denham.

    Chearful health,
    His duteous handmaid, through the air improv’d,
    With lavish hand diffuses scents ambrosial. Matthew Prior.

    He gained the observations of innumerable ages, and travelled upon the same scent into Æthiopia. William Temple.

  2. To Scentverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    So scented the grim feature, and upturn’d
    His nostrils wide into the murky air,
    Sagacious of his quarry from so far. John Milton, Par. Lost.

    Balm, from a silver box distill’d around,
    Shall all bedew the roots, and scent the sacred ground. Dryd.

    He spies
    His op’ning hounds, and now he hears their cries;
    A gen’rous pack, or to maintain the chace,
    Or snuff the vapour from the scented grass. Addison.


  1. scent

    Scent is a distinctive smell or odor, often one that is pleasant, or the sense of smell itself. In a broader context, it can also indicate the trail indicated by the characteristic smell of a particular animal or substance.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Scentverb

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

  2. Scentverb

    to imbue or fill with odor; to perfume

  3. Scentverb

    to have a smell

  4. Scentverb

    to hunt animals by means of the sense of smell

  5. Scentnoun

    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. Scentnoun

    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. Scentnoun

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

  8. Etymology: [Originally sent, fr. F. sentir to feel, to smell. See Sense.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Scent

    sent, v.t. to discern by the sense of smell: to perfume: to have some suspicion of.—v.i. to become odoriferous: to smell.—n. a perfume: odour: sense of smell: chase followed by the scent: course of pursuit: scraps of paper strewed on the ground by the pursued in the boys' game of hare and hounds.—ns. Scent′-bag, the pouch of an animal which secretes an odoriferous substance; Scent′-bott′le, a small bottle for holding perfume; Scent′-box.—adjs. Scent′ed, perfumed; Scent′ful, highly odoriferous: quick of scent: having a good nose, as a dog.—n. Scent′-gland, a glandular organ which secretes such substances as musk or castoreum.—adv. Scent′ingly, allusively: not directly.—adj. Scent′less, having no scent or smell: destructive of scent.—ns. Scent′-or′gan, a scent-gland; Scent′-vase, a vessel with a pierced cover designed to contain perfumes. [Fr. sentir—L. sentīre, to feel.]

Editors Contribution

  1. scent

    A beautiful smell.

    The scent of aftershave or perfume can always make you feel happy.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 8, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of scent in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of scent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of scent in a Sentence

  1. Don Wells:

    We’ve had several people sneaking around there, but we’ve had them sneaking around at night, we’ve never had somebody up there at 5:30 in the afternoon that we know of. They didn’t come up the driveway. They came up a dog trail from the woods. The [police K-9] dog that they used, that’s where the scent took them. Down through the woods, not the driveway. At Ben Hill Road is where the dog’s scent ended.

  2. Sergeant Bryon Kelly:

    It did pick up the scent, but it also lost it, so we don’t know if that person got into a car or somehow got into an area where the dog was not able to track him.

  3. Alishan Forest Railway:

    Taiwan red cypress and Taiwan cypress are fine and uniform wood materials, they’re durable, resistant to erosion and insects. The essential oils it contains exudes a unique phytoncide scent (the scent of the forest), which is both energizing and cleansing. Passengers could enjoy a refreshing forest bathing experience.

  4. The Dhammapada:

    Like a beautiful flower, full of colour but without scent, are the fine but fruitless words of him who does not act accordingly.

  5. Brad Goering:

    London would be able to detect the chemical reaction that is occurring in Kye’s body. She would be giving off a scent and London would be able to detect that chemical reaction and let us know.

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