Definition of eau de cologne in English:

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eau de cologne

Pronunciation: /ˌō də kəˈlōn/


A toilet water with a strong, characteristic scent, originally made in Cologne, Germany.
Example sentences
  • His money and his establishment job are even more powerful than his eau de cologne in making people think he smells sweet.
  • Their shoes were highly polished and their sports kit was laundered and ironed after every game and probably sprayed with eau de cologne.
  • Whether these inducements worked or not I cannot tell, except to say that all four of my colleagues smelt like they had bathed in eau de cologne for a week before the contest began.


Early 19th century: French, literally 'water of Cologne'.

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Syllabification: eau de co·logne

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