Simple Definition of redolent
: having a strong smell : full of a fragrance or odor
: causing thoughts or memories of something
Examples of redolent in a sentence
<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
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