perfume

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v perfume apply perfume to "She perfumes herself every day"
    • v perfume fill or impregnate with an odor "orange blossoms perfumed the air in the garden"
    • n perfume a toiletry that emits and diffuses a fragrant odor
    • n perfume a distinctive odor that is pleasant
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Queen Elizabeth I always wore a necklace with a little perfume bottle attached everywhere she went
    • Perfume A substance that emits an agreeable odor. "And thou shalt make it a perfume ."
    • Perfume The scent, odor, or odoriferous particles emitted from a sweet-smelling substance; a pleasant odor; fragrance; aroma. "No rich perfumes refresh the fruitful field ."
    • v. t Perfume To fill or impregnate with a perfume; to scent. "And Carmel's flowery top perfumes the skies."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The most expensive perfume in the world is Parfum VI, which was made by Arthur Burnham. A 4 inch bottle which is covered with diamonds and 24-carat gold costs $71,380
    • perfume To scent; render odorous or fragrant: as, to perfume an apartment; to perfume a garment.
    • n perfume 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 perfume The scent, odor, or volatile particles emitted from odorous substances, especially those that are sweet-smelling.
    • n perfume Synonyms Fragrance, Aroma, etc. (see smell, n.), balminess, redolence, incense.
    • perfume Literally, to impregnate with the fumes or smoke of some burning object; fumigate, as with a disinfectant.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: David McConnell started the California Perfume Company (CPC) in 1886. Today the company is known as Avon, which he named after his favorite playwright William Shakespeare, and Stratford on Avon
    • n Perfume pėr′fūm or pėr-fūm′ sweet-smelling smoke: sweet scent: anything which yields a sweet odour
    • v.t Perfume (pėr-fūm′) to fill with a pleasant odour: to scent
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Quotations

  • Dhammapada
    Dhammapada
    “Just as a flower which seems beautiful and has color but no perfume, so are the fruitless words of the man who speaks them but does them not.”
  • W. Somerset Maugham
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    “Beauty is an ecstasy; it is as simple as hunger. There is really nothing to be said about it. It is like the perfume of a rose: you can smell it and that is all.”
  • French Proverb
    French Proverb
    “Beauty, unaccompanied by virtue, is as a flower without perfume.”
  • Socrates
    Socrates
    “Fame is the perfume of heroic deeds.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “Happiness is a perfume which you cannot pour on someone without getting some on yourself.”
  • James Van Der Zee
    James Van Der Zee
    “Happiness is perfume, you can't pour it on somebody else without getting a few drops on yourself”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. parfumer,cf. Sp. perfumar,); par,see Par) + fumer, to smoke, L. fumare, fr. fumus, smoke. See Fume

Usage

In literature:

To her astonishment, she became conscious of a sweet perfume filling her cell.
"The Basket of Flowers" by Christoph von Schmid
Occasionally as I drew out a plant the air around me was filled with the perfume of its bruised leaves.
"The Life of Mrs. Robert Louis Stevenson" by Nellie Van de Grift Sanchez
It is now, however, chiefly employed by perfumers.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
It was a girl, and the perfume in her hair was the same that Maya had always used.
"Hunters Out of Space" by Joseph Everidge Kelleam
Her dish, when opened, contained nothing but flowers, waxy white, but emitting a delicately sweet perfume.
"Pharaoh's Broker" by Ellsworth Douglass
But they had not gone far when the warm perfume of the flowers was wafted to them on the breeze, and the child trembled like a leaf.
"Edmund Dulac’s Fairy-Book" by Edmund Dulac
He could smell the perfume of her fallen hair.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
Couples of maturer growth whispered the details of unsavoury scandals behind perfumed fans.
"Vixen, Volume II." by M. E. Braddon
To use this perfume, add a tablespoonful of it to about a pint of warm water.
"The Ladies Book of Useful Information" by Anonymous
A peculiar delicate perfume which thrilled his senses lurked in its gossamer folds.
"Shapes that Haunt the Dusk" by Various
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In poetry:

Along the land a zephyr,
Whose breath was wild perfume,
That seemed a sorceress who wove
Sweet spells of beam and bloom.
"Under The Rose" by Madison Julius Cawein
O perfumed suitor, spare thy smiles!
Her thoughts are not of thee;
She better loves the salted wind,
The voices of the sea.
"Amy Wentworth" by John Greenleaf Whittier
"O come, then, quickly come,
We are budding, we are blowing,
And the wind which we perfume
Sings a tune that's worth thy knowing."
"To Ellen, At The South" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Like the wanderer of the desert,
When, across the dreary sand,
Breathes the perfume from the thickets
Bordering on the promised land;
"The Buried Flower" by William Edmondstoune Aytoun
If from low roofs the smoke is wreathing pale,
To watch it wreath;
If flowers around breathe perfume on the gale,
To feel them breathe;
"At The Water's Edge" by Rene Francois Armand Prudhomme
Pleasure
If thou bee'st with Perfumes pleas'd,
Such as oft the Gods appeas'd,
Thou in fragrant Clouds shalt show
Like another God below.
"A Dialogue Between The Resolved Soul, And Created Pleasure" by Andrew Marvell

In news:

A New Perfume for Katy.
Enjoy half off all body products and perfumes.
As you can tell, the perfume highlights the Mx in Bond 's name.
On Saturday's episode of Rove LA (midnight/11c on TV Guide Network), Nicole Richie joined Scrubs alum Zach Braff and SpongeBob SquarePants ' Tom Kenny to promote her latest perfume.
On Saturday's episode of Rove LA (midnight/11c on TV Guide Network), Nicole Richie joined Scrubs alum Zach Braff and SpongeBob SquarePants' Tom Kenny to promote her latest perfume.
Perfume Boss specializes in the sale of genuine designer fragrances, bath and body, cosmetics, skin care products and related gifts and accessories for men, women and children.
We want you to be satisfied when you buy perfumes and fragrances online.
Kim Kardashian, in London last week to launch her new perfume, reportedly has been singled out by Zoo magazine.
Brit has an entire range of perfumes in her scent portfolio, with her latest being Fantasy Twist, which drops in September, right around her debut as an 'X Factor' judge.
The book is about the imagined discovery of Cleopatra 's signature perfume after 2,000 years.
Cleopatra 's ship had perfumed sails.
Five Prince perfumes that would smell sweeter than 3121.
Let's hope these colognes and perfumes make the sweaty masses at Comic-Con each year smell just a tiny bit better.
Beyonce's perfume is "Beyonce Heat".
Sales of perfume and cosmetics in Saudi Arabia are expected to grow 7% to $1.4 billion this year.
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In science:

It is well known that many processes within the universe are chaotic: the existence of chaotic mixing systems (like the well known examples of the Gibbs ink drop, the sugar lump or the bottle of perfume) is an obvious fact.
The cosmological origin of time-asymmetry
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