American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A substance that emits and diffuses a fragrant odor, especially a volatile liquid distilled from flowers or prepared synthetically.
- n. A pleasing, agreeable scent or odor. See Synonyms at fragrance.
- v. To fill or permeate with fragrance; impart a pleasant odor to.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To scent; render odorous or fragrant: as, to perfume an apartment; to perfume a garment.
- n. A substance that emits a scent or odor which affects the organs of smell agreeably. Six flowers form the base of most flower-perfumes in use: orange-flower, rose, jasmine, violet, acacia, and tuberose. Vanilla dashed with almonds is used to simulate heliotrope. Besides these are used the geranium, lavender, rosemary, thyme, and other aromatic herbs, peel of bitter oranges, citrons, bergamots, musk, sandalwood, ambergris, and gum benjamin, the leaves of the patchouli, wintergreen and others. Many perfumes are now prepared by chemical methods, instead of by distillation, maceration, tincturation, or enfleurage, from vegetable products.
- n. The scent, odor, or volatile particles emitted from odorous substances, especially those that are sweet-smelling.
- n. Synonyms Fragrance, Aroma, etc. (see smell, n.), balminess, redolence, incense.
- Literally, to impregnate with the fumes or smoke of some burning object; fumigate, as with a disinfectant.
- n. A pleasant smell; the scent, odor, or odoriferous particles emitted from a sweet-smelling substance; a pleasant odor; fragrance; aroma.
- n. A substance created to provide a pleasant smell or one which emits an agreeable odor.
- v. transitive To apply perfume to; to fill or impregnate with a perfume; to scent.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To fill or impregnate with a perfume; to scent.
- n. The scent, odor, or odoriferous particles emitted from a sweet-smelling substance; a pleasant odor; fragrance; aroma.
- n. A substance that emits an agreeable odor.
- v. fill or impregnate with an odor
- v. apply perfume to
- n. a distinctive odor that is pleasant
- n. a toiletry that emits and diffuses a fragrant odor
- From Middle French parfum, from the obsolete Italian parfumare "to smoke through" (Wiktionary)
- French parfum, from Old Italian parfumo, from parfumare, to fill with smoke : par-, intensive pref. (from Latin per-, per-) + fumare, to smoke (from Latin fūmāre, from fūmus, smoke). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The word "perfume" comes from the Latin per fume, meaning "through smoke".”
“I tend towards butchness anyway living out here in the swamp and all, my perfume is more likely fly dope than anything floral.”
“The perfume is penetrating but, even though it averages 6% acidity by weight, does not attack your sinuses and make you pull back like normal vinegars, and it is layered with floral and dried fruit essences.”
“Partnering with Strange Invisible Perfumes, the new perfume is inspired by Colgin Cellar IX vineyardand the winery in Napa valley.”
“Stirring, the perfume is comprised of organic, wildcrafted and biodynamic essences set in a base of 100% organic, beverage-grade grape alcohol.”
“Brittiany the perfume is lavender and freesia scented.”
“As far as I know, the perfume is still at Hot Topic ..”
“That there even IS a “Twilight” perfume is pretty sad.”
“Nina won and now the Twilight perfume is being sold for $160 on ebay”
“Being in the presence of a hot elf while wearing imitation Valentina perfume is probably the golden mean.”
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A list of words that are odd or words that I have looked up.
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Don't drink. Don't smoke. What do you do?
If I've seen it, heard it, or marvelled at it, I'll stick it here.
Okay, I admit it. I made a list of words my daughter knew when she was two years old.
One word from each of Omar Khayyam's rubaiyat as translated by Edward FitzGerald (1st edition)
Words that start with "per."
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