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
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n any property detected by the olfactory system

Synonyms:
aroma, odor, odour, olfactory property, smell
Types:
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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
Type of:
property
a basic or essential attribute shared by all members of a class

n a distinctive odor that is pleasant

Synonyms:
aroma, fragrance, perfume
Types:
incense
the pleasing scent produced when incense is burned
Type of:
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

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

Types:
musk
the scent of a greasy glandular secretion from the male musk deer
Type of:
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

v catch the scent of; get wind of

Synonyms:
nose, wind
Type of:
smell
inhale the odor of; perceive by the olfactory sense

v cause to smell or be smelly

Synonyms:
odorize, odourise
Antonyms:
deodorise, deodorize, deodourise
eliminate the odor from
Types:
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
Type of:
cause to be perceived
have perceptible qualities

v apply perfume to

Synonyms:
perfume
Type of:
groom, neaten
care for one's external appearance

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