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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Es"sence
Senses
  1. The constituent elementary notions which constitute a complex notion, and must be enumerated to define it; sometimes called the nominal essence.
  2. 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."The laws are at present, both in form and essence, the greatest curse that society labors under." [Landor.]"Gifts and alms are the expressions, not the essence of this virtue [charity]." [Addison.]"The essence of Addison's humor is irony." [Courthope.]
  3. Constituent substance."And uncompounded is their essence pure." [Milton.]
  4. A being; esp., a purely spiritual being."As far as gods and heavenly essences Can perish." [Milton.]"He had been indulging in fanciful speculations on spiritual essences, until . . . he had and ideal world of his own around him." [W. Irving.]
  5. 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."The . . . word essence . . . scarcely underwent a more complete transformation when from being the abstract of the verb “to be,” it came to denote something sufficiently concrete to be inclosed in a glass bottle." [J. S. Mill.]
  6. Perfume; odor; scent; or the volatile matter constituting perfume."Nor let the essences exhale." [Pope.]

Etymology: F. essence, L. essentia, formed as if fr. a p. pr. of esse to be. See Is, and cf. Entity

verb Es"sence
To perfume; to scent.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A toiletry that emits and diffuses a fragrant odor
  2. The choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience
  3. The central meaning or theme of a speech or literary work
  4. Any substance possessing to a high degree the predominant properties of a plant or drug or other natural product from which it is extracted
Wiktionary

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 (ousía, “being”), from ὤν (ṓn), present participle of εἰμί (eimí, “I am, exist”).

  1. The inherent nature of a thing or idea.
  2. (philosophy) The true nature of anything, not accidental or illusory.
  3. Constituent substance.
  4. A being; especially, a purely spiritual being.
  5. A significant feature of something.
  6. The concentrated form of a plant or drug obtained through a distillation process.
  7. Fragrance, a perfume.

essence was also found in the following language(s): French

Notable Persons Named Essence

Essence Atkins is an actress, model, actor, and model (people). She was most active from 1986 to 1986. Essence was given the name Essence Uhura Atkins on February 7th, 1972 in Brooklyn, New York, U.S. Essence is also known as Essence Uhurra Atkins.

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Essence Carson is a basketball player for the New York Liberty in the Women's National Basketball Association. She was most active from 2008 to present. Essence was born on July 28th, 1986 in Paterson, New Jersey.

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1973 8 8 0
1974 18 18 0
1975 18 18 0
1976 23 23 0
1977 25 25 0
1978 38 38 0
1979 52 52 0
1980 47 47 0
1981 49 49 0
1982 72 72 0
1983 104 104 0
1984 80 80 0
1985 67 67 0
1986 91 91 0
1987 95 95 0
1988 102 102 0
1989 109 109 0
1990 138 138 0
1991 193 193 0
1992 226 226 0
1993 245 245 0
1994 262 262 0
1995 502 502 0
1996 431 431 0
1997 440 440 0
1998 565 565 0
1999 529 529 0
2000 447 447 0
2001 322 322 0
2002 273 273 0
2003 333 333 0
2004 308 308 0
2005 268 268 0
2006 320 320 0
2007 287 287 0
2008 273 273 0
2009 263 263 0
2010 246 246 0
2011 244 244 0
2012 224 224 0
2013 201 201 0
2014 189 189 0
2015 157 157 0
2016 135 135 0
2017 148 148 0

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Popularity of Essence as a first name

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Fun Facts about the name Essence

  • How Popular is the name Essence? Essence is the 2,642nd most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Essence have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 9,167 babies born with the first name Essence in the United States. That's more than enough people named Essence to occupy the country of Saint Barth with an estimated population of 8,902 (as of January 1, 2009).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Essence? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1973 when it was given as a first name to 8 new born babies.
  • What year had the most people named Essence born? The highest recorded use of the first name Essence was in 1998 with a total of 565 babies.
  • Random Essence Factoid: According to the 1988 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Essence is not a popular baby girl's name in New York. Imagine that, only 13 babies in New York have the same name as you in 1988.
  • Weird things about the name Essence: Your name in reverse order is Ecnesse. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Senecse. How do you pronounce that?

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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