odor

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noun \ˈō-dər\

Definition of odor

  1. 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. 2 a :  a characteristic or predominant quality :  flavor <the odor of sanctity> b :  repute, estimation <in bad odor>

  3. 3 archaic :  something that emits a sweet or pleasing scent :  perfume

odored

play \ˈō-dərd\ adjective

odorless

play \-dər-ləs\ adjective

Examples of odor in a sentence

  1. The cheese has a strong odor.

  2. This deodorant prevents bad odor from occurring.

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


First Known Use: 13th century

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

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noun \ˈō-dər\

Definition of odor for English Language Learners

  • : a particular smell


ODOR Defined for Kids

odor

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noun \ˈō-dər\

Definition of odor for Students

  1. :  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

Medical Definition of odor

  1. 1:  a quality of something that stimulates the olfactory organ :  smell

  2. 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

Variants of odor

or chiefly British

odour

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