• (RP) IPA: /ˈpɜːfjuːm/
  • (America) pûr'fyo͞om", IPA: /ˈpɝfjuːm/ or enPR: pər-fyoo͞m', IPA: /pɚˈfjuːm/
  • (General American):
  • (noun) IPA: /ˈpɚfjuːm/
  • (verb) IPA: /pɚˈfjuːm/


  1. A pleasant smell; the scent, odor, or odoriferous particles emitted from a sweet-smelling substance; a pleasant odor
    • 1907, Robert William Chambers, chapter V, in The Younger Set, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 24962326 ↗:
      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. A substance created to provide a pleasant smell or one which emits an agreeable odor.
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perfume (perfumes, present participle perfuming; past and past participle perfumed)

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