scent




A scent is a smell. Every house has a particular scent that is recognizable to people as belonging to that house.

Scent comes from the Latin sentire meaning “to feel, perceive, sense.” The word was originally used in reference to hunting dogs, who track down animals by their scent. If you “pick up a scent,” then you have a clue about something. If you wear a perfume, then you leave your scent in the air as you pass. Use scent instead of smell if you want to talk about a distinctively nice odor, like the scent of fresh-cut grass.

Definitions of scent
  1. noun

    any property detected by the olfactory system

    synonyms:
    aroma, odor, odour, olfactory property, smell
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    bouquet, fragrance, fragrancy, redolence, sweetness

    a pleasingly sweet olfactory property
    fetidness, foulness, malodorousness, rankness, stinkiness

    the attribute of having a strong offensive smell
    muskiness

    having the olfactory properties of musk
    rancidness

    the property of being rancid
    B.O., body odor, body odour

    malodorousness resulting from a failure to bathe
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    property

    a basic or essential attribute shared by all members of a class

  2. noun

    a distinctive odor that is pleasant

    synonyms:
    aroma, fragrance, perfume
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    incense

    the pleasing scent produced when incense is burned
    petrichor

    a pleasant, earthly smell associated with rain, especially after a period of dry, warm weather
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    odor, odour, olfactory perception, olfactory sensation, smell

    the sensation that results when olfactory receptors in the nose are stimulated by particular chemicals in gaseous form

  3. noun

    an odor left in passing by which a person or animal can be traced

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    musk

    the scent of a greasy glandular secretion from the male musk deer
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    odor, odour, olfactory perception, olfactory sensation, smell

    the sensation that results when olfactory receptors in the nose are stimulated by particular chemicals in gaseous form

  4. verb

    catch the scent of; get wind of

    synonyms:
    nose, wind
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    smell

    inhale the odor of; perceive by the olfactory sense

  5. verb

    cause to smell or be smelly

    synonyms:
    odorize, odourise
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    deodorise, deodorize, deodourise

    eliminate the odor from
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    smell up, stink out, stink up

    cause to smell bad; fill with a bad smell
    aromatise, aromatize, perfume

    fill or impregnate with an odor
    cense, incense, thurify

    perfume especially with a censer
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    cause to be perceived

    have perceptible qualities

  6. verb

    apply perfume to

    synonyms:
    perfume
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    groom, neaten

    care for one’s external appearance

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