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  • n. A small elegant bottle containing perfume.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A small bottle for holding perfume, either a decorative object for the toilet-table, or a vinaigrette or smelling-bottle carried on the person.


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  • She played with the dainty scent-bottle, hung by a chain from her bracelet; she carried her fan and her handkerchief with ease — pretty trifles, as dangerous as a sunken reef for the provincial dame.

    Eve and David

  • Six bridesmaids in pink, to hold the fan, bouquet, gloves, scent-bottle, and pocket-handkerchief of the bride; basketfuls of white favours in the vestry, to be pinned on to the footmen and horses; a genteel congregation of curious acquaintance in the pews,

    The Book of Snobs

  • She carried off his silver-topped scent-bottle out of his dressing-case, and a half-dozen of his favorite pills (which Fitz possesses in common with every well-regulated man), and probably administered them to her own family.

    A Little Dinner at Timmins’s

  • With the handkerchief tumbled out a whole family of unexpected articles: a silver thimble; a photograph; a little purse; a scent-bottle; some loose halfpence; nine green gooseberries; a key.

    Two on a Tower

  • But she has one thing in the drawer which she can venture to wear today, because she can hang it on the chain of dark-brown berries which she has been used to wear on grand days, with a tiny flat scent-bottle at the end of it tucked inside her frock; and she must put on her brown berries — her neck would look so unfinished without it.

    Adam Bede

  • She looked languid, full of a suffering sweetness; she carried a scent-bottle in her hand.

    The House of Mirth

  • It held merely a few much-faded articles, one or two Bibles, a hymn-book (the gift of some twin-mother at home), an old-fashioned scent-bottle, a pebble brooch, hair bracelet, two old lockets, and her mother's ring -- all these were evidently relics of the early days -- a compass, and a fountain pen.

    Mary Slessor of Calabar: Pioneer Missionary

  • He stayed for a moment, sniffed at the scent-bottle, smiled at the photographs on the wall.

    The Bill-Toppers

  • On fine days, as she came out for a walk, she was sure to be accompanied by some person whose dress and manners marked him as belonging to the wealthy classes; and at such times it generally happened, -- according to the scandal-loving shopkeepers, -- that the last new book, the little "love" of a ring, or the engraved scent-bottle was purchased.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 03, No. 19, May, 1859

  • I take her some little present -- a gold-mounted umbrella, a bicycle lamp, or a patent scent-bottle.

    Not George Washington — an Autobiographical Novel


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  • "A small bottle for holding perfume, either a decorative object for the toilet-table, or a vinaigrette or smelling-bottle carried on the person."

    --Century Dictionary

    November 30, 2010