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noun     perfume pronunciation in British English
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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] a liquid with a pleasant smell that you put on your skin

    a bottle of perfume

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  2. 2
    [countable] literary the pleasant smell of something such as a flower or plant
    perfume of:

    The air was filled with the sweet perfume of roses.

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a rise in the level of a stream or river

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