Definition of eau de cologne in English:

eau de cologne

noun

  • A toilet water with a strong, characteristic scent, originally made in Cologne, Germany.

    • ‘Whether these inducements worked or not I cannot tell, except to say that all four of my colleagues smelt like they had bathed in eau de cologne for a week before the contest began.’
    • ‘His money and his establishment job are even more powerful than his eau de cologne in making people think he smells sweet.’
    • ‘There was as much truth in that statement as there is eau de cologne coming out of a dead pig in the sun.’
    • ‘Taking a deep breath, she noticed the faint waft of a musky eau de cologne in the air.’
    • ‘Their shoes were highly polished and their sports kit was laundered and ironed after every game and probably sprayed with eau de cologne.’
    perfume, fragrance, toilet water, lavender water, cologne
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Origin

Early 19th century: French, literally ‘water of Cologne’.

Pronunciation

eau de cologne

/ˌō də kəˈlōn//ˌoʊ də kəˈloʊn/