Definition of attar in English:

attar

(also otto)

noun

  • A fragrant essential oil, typically made from rose petals.

    ‘attar of roses’
    • ‘More than 90 per cent of the rose attar produced in Bulgaria is exported to the US, France and Switzerland.’
    • ‘The valley of Taif in Western Saudi Arabia near Jeddah is famous the world over for its rose attar and water.’
    • ‘This is because they contain the same essential oils as attar of roses.’
    • ‘Kazanlik, by the way, is the rose grown in fields all over Bulgaria to produce the famous attar of roses so important to the perfume industry.’
    • ‘A diluted form of attar, it gives a delightful, delicate taste.’
    • ‘Cleopatra would never have set off to woo Mark Anthony armed with a single spritz of attar of roses.’
    • ‘If you need to substitute for rose otto, rose geranium is not perfect, but it can give a suitable result.’
    • ‘The famous crop of the dry and dusty Tundzha Valley makes Bulgaria the world's largest exporter of attar of roses.’

Origin

Late 17th century via Persian from Arabic ‘iṭr ‘perfume, essence’.

Pronunciation

attar

/ˈatə/