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Definition of redolent

1 : exuding fragrance : aromatic
2a : full of a specified fragrance : scented air redolent of seaweed
b : evocative, suggestive a city redolent of antiquity

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redolently adverb

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odorous, fragrant, redolent, aromatic mean emitting and diffusing scent. odorous applies to whatever has a strong distinctive smell whether pleasant or unpleasant. odorous cheeses should be tightly wrapped fragrant applies to things (such as flowers or spices) with sweet or agreeable odors. a fragrant rose redolent applies usually to a place or thing impregnated with odors. the kitchen was redolent of garlic and tomatoes aromatic applies to things emitting pungent often fresh odors. an aromatic blend of tobaccos

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Redolent traces back to the Latin verb olēre ("to smell") and is a relative of "olfactory" ("of, relating to, or connected with the sense of smell"). In its earliest English uses in the 15th century, "redolent" simply meant "having an aroma." Today, it usually applies to a place or thing impregnated with odors. It can also be used of something that reminds us of something else or evokes a certain emotional response, as in "a city redolent of antiquity."

Examples of redolent in a Sentence

my grandmother's house always seemed to be redolent with the aroma of baking bread

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The elegiac score by Lisa Gutkin and Aaron Halva is redolent with the buoyant melancholy of klezmer. Charles Mcnulty,, "Review: ‘Indecent’ at the Ahmanson pays haunting tribute to a daring Yiddish play," 11 June 2019 When Jeffrey Kalinsky opened his eponymous store in New York’s Meatpacking district in the late 90s, the neighborhood was still redolent with the industry that gave it its name. Olivia Martin, Town & Country, "Silicon Valley Style Gets an Upgrade With the Newest Jeffrey Boutique," 30 Aug. 2018 In a place like Oxford, redolent with history, how can so much history be smothered and lost? New York Times, "Readers Respond to the 4.29.18 Issue," 11 May 2018 Indeed, the artist’s body isn’t the only one implicated: The allure of shimmery cosmetics, the redolent scents of the kitchen and garden, the promise of silky cleanliness will evoke yearning in most viewers. Lori Waxman,, "Human desire and exploitation: Don't miss a powerhouse show at the MCA by Otobong Nkanga," 5 July 2018 Located almost exactly in the middle of the peninsula that makes up most of Saudi Arabia, Qassim is redolent with the palms that produce dates consumed all over the country and the world. Rafia Zakaria, The New Republic, "Driving Toward Change," 23 June 2018 The mortality-redolent words also form an essential tenet of Hindu philosophy: everything — lives, eras, identities, art — will change. Holland Cotter, New York Times, "Adrian Piper: The Thinking Canvas," 19 Apr. 2018 In this vibrant refuge, so redolent of the Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki’s animated films, things hailing from the ‘‘ether,’’ or real world, can acquire consciousness. Christopher Byrd,, "‘Forgotton Anne’ is an incredibly beautiful adventure," 16 May 2018 Along with the events of her daily life, Heti records dreams that are redolent with cryptic symbolism, and reports the results of an impromptu tarot reading, reproducing the lurid images of the cards themselves. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "Sheila Heti Wrestles with a Big Decision in “Motherhood”," 30 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of redolent

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for redolent

Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin redolent-, redolens, present participle of redolēre to emit a scent, from re-, red- + olēre to smell — more at odor

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literary + formal
: having a strong smell : full of a fragrance or odor
: causing thoughts or memories of something

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