perfume

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See also: perfumé

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Middle French parfum. Doublet of parfum.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (noun) IPA(key): /ˈpɚfjuːm/
  • (verb) IPA(key): /pɚˈfjuːm/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: (US, General American) -uːm

Noun[edit]

perfume (countable and uncountable, plural perfumes)

  1. A pleasant smell; the scent, odor, or odoriferous particles emitted from a sweet-smelling substance; a pleasant odor
    • 1907 August, Robert W[illiam] Chambers, “Afterglow”, in The Younger Set, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, →OCLC, page 168:
      Breezes blowing from beds of iris quickened her breath with their perfume; she saw the tufted lilacs sway in the wind, and the streamers of mauve-tinted wistaria swinging, all a-glisten with golden bees; she saw a crimson cardinal winging through the foliage, and amorous tanagers flashing like scarlet flames athwart the pines.
  2. (cosmetics) A substance created to provide a pleasant smell or one which emits an agreeable odor.

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Verb[edit]

perfume (third-person singular simple present perfumes, present participle perfuming, simple past and past participle perfumed)

  1. (transitive) To apply perfume to; to fill or impregnate with a perfume; to scent.

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Portuguese[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

 

  • Hyphenation: per‧fu‧me

Etymology 1[edit]

From Old Occitan perfum.[1]

Noun[edit]

perfume m (plural perfumes)

  1. perfume (substance providing a pleasant smell)

Etymology 2[edit]

Verb[edit]

perfume

  1. inflection of perfumar:
    1. first/third-person singular present subjunctive
    2. third-person singular imperative

References[edit]

  1. ^ perfume” in Dicionário infopédia da Língua Portuguesa. Porto: Porto Editora, 2003–2023.

Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Nominal of perfumar

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /peɾˈfume/ [peɾˈfu.me]
  • Rhymes: -ume
  • Syllabification: per‧fu‧me

Noun[edit]

perfume m (plural perfumes)

  1. perfume
    Synonyms: olor, aroma, fragancia

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Verb[edit]

perfume

  1. inflection of perfumar:
    1. first/third-person singular present subjunctive
    2. third-person singular imperative

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