Definition of chypre in English:


Line breaks: chy¦pre
Pronunciation: /ʃiːpr(ə)


[mass noun]
  • A heady perfume made from sandalwood.
    More example sentences
    • Part of the chypre family, it is quietly magnetic at first.
    • Based on a woody, mossy, floral accord, which can include leathery or fruity notes as well, chypre perfumes have a rich and lingering scent.
    • This formula is for a modified chypre perfume with a peach top note.


late 19th century: from French, literally 'Cyprus', perhaps where it was first made.

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