Definition of odor
3 archaic : something that emits a sweet or pleasing scent : perfume
odoredplay \ˈō-dərd\ adjective
odorlessplay \ˈō-dər-ləs\ adjective
Examples of odor in a Sentence
The cheese has a strong odor.
This deodorant prevents bad odor from occurring.
Recent Examples of odor from the Web
While speaking with Mukes during the traffic stop, a patrol officer noted a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside of the vehicle, the NOPD said.
After getting a report of a suspicious man loitering in a parking lot in southwest Miami-Dade on Wednesday, arriving police smelled the odor of marijuana, according to WTVJ-Ch.
While both Java and Sumatra produced palpable - if not overwhelming - odors, garden officials discovered two siblings plants don't necessarily generate a similar aroma.
A strong fishy odor, though, could be a sign of an infection.
At Hershey, where the seductive odor of chocolate permeates the air, 188 people slept on cots set up in a covered ice rink.
Alaska Airlines spokeswoman Halley Knigge says the odor appeared to come from a bathroom and the plane was diverted as a precaution Monday night.
Keep your sleeping area (tent, sleeping bag, pad) free of food and odors.
The ions kill odor-causing bacteria without hot water or bleach.
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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
First Known Use: 13th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of odor
ODOR Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of odor for English Language Learners
: a particular smell
ODOR Defined for Kids
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
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
odoredor chiefly British
odorlessor chiefly British
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