Definition of

Scent

  1. (noun, cognition) a distinctive odor that is pleasant
  2. (noun, cognition) an odor left in passing by which a person or animal can be traced
  3. (noun, attribute) any property detected by the olfactory system
  4. (verb, perception) cause to smell or be smelly
  5. (verb, perception) catch the scent of; get wind of
  6. (verb, body) apply perfume to

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Origin of the word Scent

  1. c.1400, from O.Fr. sentir "to feel, perceive, smell," from L. sentire " to feel, perceive, sense" (see sense). Originally a hunting term. The -c- appeared 17c., perhaps by influence of ascent, descent, etc., or by influence of science. The noun is first recorded late 14c. Almost always applied to agreeable odors. more

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