from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
- transitive v. To fill or permeate with fragrance; impart a pleasant odor to.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- 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. To apply perfume to; to fill or impregnate with a perfume; to scent.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive 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.
from The 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.
- 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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
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)
From Middle French parfum, from the obsolete Italian parfumare "to smoke through" (Wiktionary)