odor

noun
\ ˈō-dər How to pronounce odor (audio) \

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 How to pronounce odored (audio) \ adjective
odorless \ ˈō-​dər-​ləs How to pronounce odorless (audio) \ 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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The odor is strong enough to penetrate the fruit’s thick shell. David Pierson, latimes.com, "Decades ago, he stole a tree branch. Now he is the Durian King," 4 July 2019 The odor is strong enough to penetrate the fruit’s thick shell. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column One: Decades ago, he stole a tree branch. Now he is the Durian King," 4 July 2019 Beth Edwards spoke in favor of the pellet permit, saying the manure/pellets and the odor from dead chicken carcasses are two separate issues. Julie Gallant, Ramona Sentinel, "Neighbors cry foul over proposed egg ranch manure plant," 11 June 2019 Actually, the odor is benzaldehyde, no doubt to provide some kind of protection from enemies. Ellen Nibali, baltimoresun.com, "This big bug smells good and beware of the Southern Blight fungus on tomato plants," 3 June 2019 The flower, one of the world's largest, releases its distinctive odor (some compare it to the smell of rotting meat) during its brief 24-36-hour peak bloom. Ingrid Abramovitch, ELLE Decor, "The World's Stinkiest Flower is Ready to Bloom in the Bronx," 21 June 2019 Many people would describe their healthy vaginal odor as being musky, and despite comparisons to gardens and flowers, vaginas will never smell like a bed of roses. Teen Vogue, "Why Does My Vagina Smell? A Guide To 5 Common Vaginal Odors," 14 June 2019 Officers noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from his car. Thomas Jewell, cleveland.com, "Suspended drivers busted all over again: Bentleyville Police Blotter," 14 June 2019 After the stop, police allege, officers noticed a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath. Steve Sadin, Lake County News-Sun, "Police: Motorists cited for DUI and cannabis possession on Deerfield roadways," 13 June 2019

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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, borrowed from Anglo-French odur, borrowed from Latin odor (early Latin odōs), going back to *od-os-, s-stem derivative of a verbal base *od- (whence Latin oleō, olēre, also olō, olere "to give off a smell, smell (of)," from *odere), going back to Indo-European *h3ed-, whence Greek ózein "to smell, give off an odor," Armenian hot "smell, odor" (probably also an s-stem), Lithuanian úodžiu, úosti "to smell, sniff"

Note: The length in the Baltic form is attributed to Winter's Law, which is believed to lengthen vowels before an original voiced, unaspirated stop in Baltic and Slavic in certain environments.

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odor

noun

English Language Learners Definition of odor

: a particular smell

odor

noun
\ ˈō-dər How to pronounce odor (audio) \

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 How to pronounce odour (audio) \

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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