noun Date: 1667 1. a. a sweet or delicate odor (as of fresh flowers, pine trees, or perfume) b. something (as a perfume) compounded to give off a sweet or pleasant odor 2. the quality or state of having a sweet odor Synonyms: fragrance, perfume, scent, redolence mean a sweet or pleasant odor. fragrance suggests the odors of flowers or other growing things <
the fragrance of pine
. perfume may suggest a stronger or heavier odor <
the perfume of lilacs
. scent is very close to perfume but of wider application because more neutral in connotation <
scent-free soaps
. redolence implies a mixture of fragrant or pungent odors <
the redolence of a forest after a rain

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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