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fragrance Syllabification: fra·grance
Pronunciation: /ˈfrāɡrəns/

Definition of fragrance in English:


1A pleasant, sweet smell: the fragrance of fresh-ground coffee the bushes fill the air with fragrance
More example sentences
  • He answers that he was compared to a sweet smelling fragrance that stays in the corner of a room and does not spread.
  • It has a pleasant, sweet fragrance and is lightly laced, ruffled and fluted pale pink.
  • He put his nose closer and smelt it, nodding at the pleasant fragrance.
1.1A perfume or aftershave.
Example sentences
  • For many, the use of fragrances like perfume, cologne, after-shave or scented lotion is a personal choice affecting only the user.
  • The young man wore fine garments, was perfumed with fragrances and surrounded by musicians and attendants who ministered to his every need.
  • His father had been fascinated by the chemical bases of scents, particularly the floral fragrances used in making perfumes, and he often worked in a home laboratory.


Mid 17th century: from French, or from Latin fragrantia, from fragrare 'smell sweet'.

  • flair from late 19th century:

    This word for ‘instinctive aptitude’ comes from French, from flairer ‘to smell’, based on Latin fragrare ‘smell sweet’, source also of fragrant (Late Middle English) and fragrance (mid 17th century). The notion is one of having the ability to detect the ‘scent, essence’ of something and the know-how to react accordingly.



Pronunciation: /ˈfrāɡrənst/
Example sentences
  • In addition, fragranced candles have becomes more readily-available to consumers.
  • They all were fragranced with a different flower scent.
  • Even those with no asthmatic history may begin to have attacks after becoming ‘sensitized’ to the chemicals in fragranced products.

Words that rhyme with fragrance

hindrance • recalcitrance

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