Definition of bouquet in English:


Line breaks: bou|quet
Pronunciation: /bʊˈkeɪ
, bəʊˈkeɪ
, ˈbʊkeɪ


  • 2The characteristic scent of a wine or perfume: the aperitif has a faint bouquet of almonds
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    • The fact that esters are formed at different rates, some of them reaching equilibrium only after decades, helps to explain the changes in wine aroma and bouquet during ageing.
    • As a precaution, I had scented toilet paper stuffed up my nose, but the bouquet still came on like a rotten gauntlet across the snout.
    • The great outdoors murders a fine wine's bouquet and strong-tasting barbecue fare ruins the restrained, delicate flavours of expensive bottles.


early 18th century: from French (earlier 'clump of trees'), from a dialect variant of Old French bos 'wood'. sense 2 dates from the mid 19th century.

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