Definition of eau de cologne in English:

eau de cologne

nouneaux de cologne

mass noun
  • A toilet water with a strong scent, originally made in Cologne.

    ‘the drenching smell of eau de cologne’
    • ‘His money and his establishment job are even more powerful than his eau de cologne in making people think he smells sweet.’
    • ‘Their shoes were highly polished and their sports kit was laundered and ironed after every game and probably sprayed with eau de cologne.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    perfume, fragrance, toilet water, lavender water, cologne


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


eau de cologne

/ˌəʊ də kəˈləʊn/