Definition of perfumery in US English:



  • 1The action or business of producing or selling perfumes.

    ‘an oil used in perfumery’
    • ‘In fact, there is a definite analogy to music used in perfumery and the ingredients are assembled and expressed as a top note, middle note or base note.’
    • ‘It seems that this is the universal blueprint to which perfumery has reduced itself.’
    • ‘The book is a study on the significance of flowers and floral imagery in Indian history, art, culture, religion, traditions, rituals, architecture, perfumery, and culinary art.’
    • ‘Distillation of rose flowers for liberating oil, a technology unknown anywhere in the world so far, was welcomed by the new industries of perfumery and cosmetics that were flourishing in Western and Central Europe at that time.’
    • ‘John regularly runs a one-day course in the art of perfumery, the only course of its type in the country.’
    • ‘The sweet, soft-balsamic aroma is immensely popular in perfumery and as an ingredient in upmarket body care products.’
    • ‘Ketones are also used in the flavoring and perfumery industry.’
    • ‘If you can find a copy, it is a fascinating book that provides insight into the history and science of perfumery.’
    • ‘Citral, extracted from lemon grass, has great demand in perfumery and food industry as well as in vitamin-A production.’
    • ‘It has been created using the design principles of ‘classic French perfumery, and has unusually high concentrations of natural scent oils’.’
    • ‘When I was a child in the Belgian countryside, my grandmother taught me crafts like lace-making, perfumery and painting.’
    • ‘‘I wanted to link the romance of old-style perfumery with the mystery and glamour of geisha culture,’ she says.’
    • ‘The commercially available vanilla which is used in baking and perfumery is now, sadly, usually made from a synthetic base.’
    • ‘The plants are grown for their musk-scented seeds that are useful in perfumery and medicine.’
    • ‘It is used in perfumery and as an insect repellant.’
    • ‘The restaurant and perfumery industries desire essential oils that have a standardized aroma or flavor.’
    • ‘The language of perfumery draws on the language of music: the composition of a perfume is seen as a combination of notes.’
    • ‘More and more men are discovering a new terrain that has long been considered a female domain: perfumery.’
    • ‘Uses for common plants in perfumery, cooking and medicines, as well as music, dance and even transport through the ages, will all take centre stage.’
    • ‘Jasmine, patchouli, sandalwood, rose, ylang-ylang and a number of other aromatherapy oils used in perfumery are known for their aphrodisiac properties.’
    1. 1.1 A store or store department that sells perfumes.
      • ‘‘The city is much the same as many others in my time,’ she said looking at a perfumery shop window, the expression of her eyes were not so detached from reality as before.’
      • ‘In contrast, most southern industry was artisanal and centred in small towns: in the bourgs around Brignoles, for example, there were perfumeries, soap and paper works, and tanneries (fifteen in Barjols alone).’
      • ‘We put a lot of effort into our perfumeries and they are now stocked with the range of beauty products and perfumes that previously would only be found in major department stores.’
      • ‘You should also sashay down Via Gesu, which has a marvellous perfumery and shops selling Italian shoes, beautiful writing paper, fine china and leather briefcases.’
      • ‘Now Western women are flocking to perfumeries and department stores looking for the same shea butter to smooth wrinkles, soften heels and moisturise hair.’
      • ‘I investigate those bottles of ‘linen water’ that first made an appearance here a few years ago in French perfumeries.’
      • ‘His family started in the fragrance business eight generations ago in 1730 with a perfumery on London's Jermyn Street.’
      • ‘It restores a classic French tradition allowing modern perfumeries to offer the associated benefits of avant-garde luxury, respect for environment and a very personalised service.’
      • ‘Or else you could visit the family-run perfumeries for a range of not just perfumes but health and beauty-care products made with natural ingredients.’
      • ‘All in all, some half-dozen perfumeries own a portion of this land; my portion is forty acres.’
      • ‘The medieval towns, monasteries, perfumeries, olive groves, flower farms and steep countryside into the alpine area provided the most magnificent scenery.’
      • ‘The goods were sold only in perfumeries and cosmetic departments of stores, not in pharmacies.’
      • ‘The quaint, family-owned shops include a candle-maker, a perfumery and specialist cheese and wine shops.’
      • ‘What may be the world's oldest known perfumery, set atop a Cyprus hillside, was excavated by a team of archaeologists this last March.’
      • ‘My grandmother owned perfumeries, and I've always been surrounded by make-up.’