odor

noun \ ˈō-dər \
Updated on: 10 Dec 2017

Definition of odor

1 a : a quality of something that stimulates the olfactory organ : scent
b : a sensation resulting from adequate stimulation of the olfactory organ : smell
2 a : a characteristic or predominant quality : flavor
  • the odor of sanctity
b : repute, estimation
  • in bad odor
3 archaic : something that emits a sweet or pleasing scent : perfume

odored

play \ˈō-dərd\ adjective

odorless

play \ˈō-dər-ləs\ adjective

Examples of odor in a Sentence

  1. The cheese has a strong odor.

  2. This deodorant prevents bad odor from occurring.

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Origin and Etymology 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

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


ODOR Defined for English Language Learners

odor

noun

Definition of odor for English Language Learners

  • : a particular smell


ODOR Defined for Kids

odor

noun \ ˈō-dər \

Definition of odor for Students

: 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

odorless

\ˈō-dər-ləs\ adjective

Medical Dictionary

odor

noun
variants: or chiefly British odour play \ˈōd-ər\

medical Definition of odor

1 : a quality of something that stimulates the olfactory organ : smell
2 : a sensation resulting from adequate chemical stimulation of the olfactory organ
  • a disagreeable odor

odored

or chiefly British odoured adjective

odorless

or chiefly British odourless adjective


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