From French essence, from Latin essentia (“the being or essence of a thing”), from an artificial formation of esse (“to be”), to translate Ancient Greek οὐσία (ousia, “being”), from ὤν (ōn), present participle of εἰμί (eimi, “I am, exist”).
essence (plural essences)
- The inherent nature of a thing or idea.
- A significant feature of something.
- The concentrated form of a plant or drug obtained through a distillation process.
- essence of Jojoba
- Fragrance, a perfume.
- (philosophy) The true nature of anything, not accidental or illusory.
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- essence in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- essence in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
essence f (plural essences)