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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

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>

red·o·lent·ly adverb

Examples of redolent

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



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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