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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
Recent Examples on the Web Some burst with juniper flavor, while others are redolent with the aroma of rose petals. Bon Appétit, "Four British Gin Picks, Just for You," 18 Dec. 2019 But while their observations are interesting, their presence in the film (and the clips from the production) seem more redolent of star power than insightful historical commentary. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Bully. Coward. Victim. The Story of Roy Cohn': Film Review | NYFF 2019," 1 Oct. 2019 The spaghettoni al limone is especially strong, a twist on the Southern Italian dish with a redolent fruitiness that seems to infuse every pasta strand. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Strong pastas and perfect ice cream at Antico — who could ask for more?," 27 Aug. 2019 So soothing, so redolent of simpler times (which is sort of my ZIP Code). Chris Erskine,, "Now showing: Drive-in theaters, those beacons of gentle summer nights," 3 July 2019 The finished pickles are slightly salty, redolent with herbaceous Mexican oregano and laced with chipotle smoke, followed by the sharper heat of fresh jalapeño., "A world tour of pickles in the Bay Area and how to make them," 26 July 2019 David D’Orio’s arsenal, a dozen weapons made of colorful glass, are too redolent of Flash Gordon serials to frighten. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, "In the galleries: Dickson Carroll puts fun and folly in form and function," 21 June 2019 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

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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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“Redolent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of redolent

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

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