Definitions of essence

  1. To perfume; to scent.
  2. the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience; " the gist of the prosecutor's argument"; " the heart and soul of the Republican Party"; " the nub of the story"
  3. a toiletry that emits and diffuses a fragrant odor
  4. The constituent quality or qualities which belong to any object, or class of objects, or on which they depend for being what they are ( distinguished as real essence); the real being, divested of all logical accidents; that quality which constitutes or marks the true nature of anything; distinctive character; hence, virtue or quality of a thing, separated from its grosser parts.
  5. Constituent substance.
  6. A being; esp., a purely spiritual being.
  7. The predominant qualities or virtues of a plant or drug, extracted and refined from grosser matter; or, more strictly, the solution in spirits of wine of a volatile or essential oil; as, the essence of mint, and the like.
  8. Perfume; odor; scent; or the volatile matter constituting perfume.
  9. The concentrated extract of any substance; as, essence of peppermint; perfume; that which is the real character of a thing.
  10. The inner distinctive nature of anything: the qualities which make any object what it is: a being: the extracted virtues of any drug: the solution in spirits of wine of a volatile or essential oil: a perfume.
  11. Necessary qualities; characteristic principle; perfumed alcohol.
  12. The intrinsic nature of anything.
  13. Being or existence; a spiritual being.
  14. Perfume; scent.
  15. That which constitutes the distinctive nature of a thing; that which makes a thing to be what it is; existence; a being; species of being; the extracted virtues of a plant or drug; the proper substance of anything; the solution of an essential oil in alcohol; a perfume, or the volatile matter constituting perfume.
  16. The concentrated preparation of any substance; a perfume; the virtues or qualities of a thing separated from its grosser matter; that which constitutes the particular nature of a being or substance; existence; being.