Definition of incense in English:


Line breaks: in|cense
Pronunciation: /ˈɪnsɛns


[mass noun]
1A gum, spice, or other substance that is burned for the sweet smell it produces: the sharp lingering sweetness of incense [as modifier]: incense sticks
More example sentences
  • Instead, they burn incense and other sweet odors and light candles.
  • You could burn incense sticks or light a scented candle.
  • She always had some sandalwood incense burning when she sang, or wrote.
1.1The smoke or perfume of incense: the swirls of incense in the air
More example sentences
  • The room was lit almost completely by soft candlelight, and the air was perfumed by sweet-smelling incense, and men smoking pipes filled with herbal concoctions.
  • All you see is the mist of thick and perfumed incense.
  • The air eddies with charcoal smoke and incense.


[with object] Back to top  
Perfume with incense or a similar fragrance: the aroma of cannabis incensed the air


Middle English (originally as encense): from Old French encens (noun), encenser (verb), from ecclesiastical Latin incensum 'something burnt, incense', neuter past participle of incendere 'set fire to', from in- 'in' + the base of candere 'to glow'.



Pronunciation: /-ˈseɪʃ(ə)n/

Definition of incense in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day flippant
Pronunciation: ˈflɪp(ə)nt
not showing a serious or respectful attitude