noun \ˈō-dər\

: a particular smell

Full Definition of ODOR

a :  a quality of something that stimulates the olfactory organ :  scent
b :  a sensation resulting from adequate stimulation of the olfactory organ :  smell
a :  a characteristic or predominant quality :  flavor <the odor of sanctity>
b :  repute, estimation <in bad odor>
archaic :  something that emits a sweet or pleasing scent :  perfume
odored \ˈō-dərd\ adjective
odor·less \-dər-ləs\ adjective

Examples of ODOR

  1. The cheese has a strong odor.
  2. This deodorant prevents bad odor from occurring.

Origin of ODOR

Middle English odour, from Anglo-French odur, from Latin odor; akin to Latin olēre to smell, Greek ozein to smell, osmē smell, odor
First Known Use: 13th century

Synonym Discussion of ODOR

smell, scent, odor, aroma mean the quality that makes a thing perceptible to the olfactory sense. smell implies solely the sensation without suggestion of quality or character <an odd smell permeated the room>. scent applies to the characteristic smell given off by a substance, an animal, or a plant <the scent of lilacs>. odor may imply a stronger or more readily distinguished scent or it may be equivalent to smell <a cheese with a strong odor>. aroma suggests a somewhat penetrating usually pleasant odor <the aroma of freshly ground coffee>.

Rhymes with ODOR

ODORED Defined for Kids


noun \ˈō-dər\

Definition of ODOR for Kids

:  a particular smell <The odor of flowers filled my room.> <… the air was … thick with the smell of body odor. — Pam Muñoz Ryan, Esperanza Rising>
odor·less \ˈō-dər-ləs\ adjective
Medical Dictionary



Medical Definition of ODOR

:  a quality of something that stimulates the olfactory organ :  smell
:  a sensation resulting from adequate chemical stimulation of the olfactory organ <a disagreeable odor>
odored or chiefly British odoured adjective
odor·less or chiefly British odour·less adjective

Variants of ODOR

odor or chiefly British odour \ˈōd-ər\


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