from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The quality of having a pleasant odor.
  • noun A sweet or pleasant odor; a scent.
  • noun A substance, such as a perfume or cologne, designed to emit a pleasant odor.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The quality of being fragrant; that quality of bodies which affects the olfactory nerves with an agreeable sensation; sweetness of smell; pleasing scent; grateful odor.
  • noun Synonyms Perfume, Aroma, etc. (see smell, n.); redolence, incense, balminess.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The quality of being fragrant; sweetness of smell; a sweet smell; a pleasing odor; perfume.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A pleasant smell or odour.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a distinctive odor that is pleasant
  • noun a pleasingly sweet olfactory property


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Latin fragrantia. See fragrant.


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