odor

noun
\ ˈō-dər \

Definition of odor

1a : a quality of something that stimulates the olfactory organ : scent
b : a sensation resulting from adequate stimulation of the olfactory organ : smell
2a : 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

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Other Words from odor

odored \ ˈō-​dərd \ adjective
odorless \ ˈō-​dər-​ləs \ adjective

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of odor in a Sentence

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

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That goes with the dry mouth thing: Saliva has bacteria-fighting properties; when your saliva levels go down so does your mouth’s ability to fight odor-causing germs. Amy Marturana, SELF, "Here’s Exactly How Much Water You Should Drink Every Day," 2 Jan. 2019 After the smelly people put the product on, odor-protection performance is evaluated, Torres says. Cassie Shortsleeve, Popular Mechanics, "How Scientists at Degree Men Test Antiperspirant," 20 Dec. 2018 The difference between antiperspirant and deodorant is that the former prevents you from sweating, while the latter only tackles body odor. Sarah Wu, Glamour, "This Is the Best Natural Deodorant No One's Talking About," 12 Dec. 2018 This odor typically persists for several months after the manufacture of a new vehicle. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Chinese customers hate “new car smell,” so Ford files a patent to bake it out," 20 Nov. 2018 As for vaginal odor, only a strong, fishy smell is a reason for concern. Seventeen.com Editors, Seventeen, "Is My Vagina Normal?," 18 Oct. 2018 Landfill operators have spent millions of dollars to keep the two separate and eliminate odor and gas emissions. Fox News, "Report: Air quality near troubled landfill posed health risk," 21 Sep. 2018 CAFOs typically house 1,000 cows or more and have come under fire over their odors and manure’s potential impact to pollute groundwater and streams. Lee Bergquist, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Dairy group uses behind-the-scenes influence with Gov. Scott Walker to shift regulation of large livestock farms," 6 July 2018 Most colognes just mask your body odor with notes of leather, oud, citrus, etc. Brennan Kilbane, GQ, "The 4 Best Lightweight Colognes That Won't Overpower Your Coworkers," 10 May 2018

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First Known Use of odor

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for odor

Middle English odour, from Anglo-French odur, from Latin odor; akin to Latin olēre to smell, Greek ozein to smell, osmē smell, odor

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odor

noun

English Language Learners Definition of odor

: a particular smell

odor

noun
\ ˈō-dər \

Kids Definition of odor

: 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

Other Words from odor

odorless \ ˈō-​dər-​ləs \ adjective

odor

noun
variants: or chiefly British odour \ 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

Other Words from odor

odored or chiefly British odoured adjective
odorless or chiefly British odourless adjective

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