Definition of eau de cologne in English:

eau de cologne

Syllabification: eau de co·logne
Pronunciation: /ˌō də kəˈlōn


  • A toilet water with a strong, characteristic scent, originally made in Cologne, Germany.
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    • 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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