Definition of sillage in English:



  • The degree to which a perfume's fragrance lingers in the air when worn.

    ‘neither scent has a very strong sillage’
    [mass noun] ‘a summer fragrance with good sillage’
    • ‘With a strong sillage from the woody musks, this perfume is sure to create an elusive yet alluring olfactory signature.’
    • ‘Unlike most colognes, it has great sillage (the trail a perfume leaves behind) and staying power (it last for the entire day on me).’
    • ‘It lasts 12 to 16 hours on my skin and has wonderful sillage.’
    • ‘Decades of spokesmodels from Keira Knightley to Audrey Tautou to Nicole Kidman all leave an elegant Chanel No. 5 sillage in their wake long after they leave both the room and their suitors behind.’
    • ‘Good sillage is the best advertising a perfume can get.’
    • ‘Creating a sillage that is potent but not overpowering is tricky.’
    • ‘Generally, the most complimented fragrances are the ones with a strong sillage.’
    • ‘We've skipped the heady talk about notes and sillage, opting instead to serve up information about how you'll really want to wear summer scents.’
    • ‘This is a scent with a bewitching sillage.’
    • ‘I expect a good fragrance to have high sillage and good longevity.’


French, literally wake, trail.