- The definition of cologne is a scented water worn on the body, made of alcohol and fragrant oils.
Old Spice is an example of a very popular cologne.
A woman applying cologne.
Origin of CologneFrench after Classical Latin Colonia (Agrippina), the colony (of Agrippina)
Origin of cologneShort for cologne (water), translation of French (eau de) Cologne, after Cologne.
(usually uncountable, plural colognes)
- A type of perfume consisting of 2-5% essential oils, 70-90 % alcohol and water.
- You stink of too much cologne.
Short for eau de Cologne < French Eau de Cologne, the name given to the original product in 1709. The success of the original Eau de Cologne inspired many imitators and it has become a genericized trademark
From French Cologne, from Latin Colōnia Agrippīna (“Agrippine Colony”), a settlement founded by Agrippina, the mother of Roman Emperor Nero; colōnia (“colony”) comes from colōnus (“farmer; colonist”), from colō (“till, cultivate, worship”), from earlier *quelō, from Proto-Indo-European *kʷel- (“to move; to turn (around)”).