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redolent

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adjective red·o·lent \-lənt\

Simple Definition of redolent

  • : having a strong smell : full of a fragrance or odor

  • : causing thoughts or memories of something

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of redolent

  1. 1 :  exuding fragrance :  aromatic

  2. 2 a :  full of a specified fragrance :  scented <air redolent of seaweed> b :  evocative, suggestive <a city redolent of antiquity>

redolently adverb

Examples of redolent in a sentence

  1. <my grandmother's house always seemed to be redolent with the aroma of baking bread>



Did You Know?

Redolent traces back to the Latin verb olēre ("to smell") and is a relative of "olfactory" ("of, relating to, or connected with the sense of smell"). In its earliest English uses in the 15th century, "redolent" simply meant "having an aroma." Today, it usually applies to a place or thing impregnated with odors. It can also be used of something that reminds us of something else or evokes a certain emotional response, as in "a city redolent of antiquity."

Origin of redolent

Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin redolent-, redolens, present participle of redolēre to emit a scent, from re-, red- + olēre to smell — more at odor


First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of redolent

odorous, fragrant, redolent, aromatic mean emitting and diffusing scent. odorous applies to whatever has a strong distinctive smell whether pleasant or unpleasant <odorous cheeses should be tightly wrapped>. fragrant applies to things (as flowers or spices) with sweet or agreeable odors <a fragrant rose>. redolent applies usually to a place or thing impregnated with odors <the kitchen was redolent of garlic and tomatoes>. aromatic applies to things emitting pungent often fresh odors <an aromatic blend of tobaccos>.


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