Meaning of “perfume” in the English Dictionary

"perfume" in British English

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uk /ˈpɜː.fjuːm/ us /pɝːˈfjuːm/

A2 [ C or U ] a liquid with a pleasant smell, usually made from oils taken from flowers or spices and often used on the skin:

What perfume are you wearing?
She adores French perfume.

[ U ] a pleasant natural smell:

The perfume of the roses filled the room.

More examples

  • She dabbed a little perfume behind her ears.
  • He bought his wife some duty-free perfume.
  • She sprayed herself with perfume.
  • Atomizers are used for putting on perfume.
  • a bottle of cheap perfume
verb [ T ] uk /ˈpɜː.fjuːm/ us /ˈpɝː.fjuːm/

In the evening, the flowers perfume the air.

(Definition of “perfume” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"perfume" in American English

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perfumenoun [ C/U ]

us /ˈpɜr·fjum, pərˈfjum/

a liquid produced and sold for its strong, pleasant smell, often used on the skin:

[ U ] She put a few drops of perfume on the back of her neck.

(Definition of “perfume” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)