Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One who makes or sells perfumes.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person who creates new perfumes.
  • n. A person who makes or sells perfume.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who, oe that which, perfumes.
  • n. One whose trade is to make or sell perfumes.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who or that which perfumes.
  • n. One whose trade is the making or selling of perfumes.

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

  • n. a person who makes (and sells) perfumes

Etymologies

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perfume +‎ -er.

Examples

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  • Fun note on apothecary. And here's a nice primary-source thing:

    "Regulations for Perfumers in Constantinople, ca. 900


    Every perfumer shall have his own shop, and not invade another's. Members of the guilt are to keep watch on one another to prevent the sale of adulterated products. They are not to stock poor quality goods in their shops: a sweet smell and a bad smell do not go together. They are to sell pepper, spikenard, cinnamon, aloe wood, ambergris, musk, frankincense, myrrh, balsam, indigo, dyers' herbs, lapis lazuli, fustic, storax, and in short any article used for perfumery and dyeing. Their stalls shall be placed in a row between the Milestone and the revered icon of Christ that stands above the Bronze Arcade, so that the aroma may waft upward to the icon and at the same time fill the vestibule of the Royal Palace. 

    From <i>The Book of the Eparch</i>, translated in Andrew Dalby, <i>Flavours of Byzantium</i> (Totnes, 2003), p. 40."
    Paul Freedman, Out of the East: Spices and the Medieval Imagination (New Haven and London: Yale UP, 2008), 121.

    November 28, 2017

  • "Spices had the added attraction of unrivaled potency and durability, for which reason they were critical ingredients for the perfumer, and they remained so until the equation was transformed with the invention of distillation and then the advent of the chemical age."

    --Jack Turner, _Spice: The History of a Temptation_ (NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 2004), 209

    See also maceration for methods used by perfumers in antiquity.

    December 5, 2016