- The definition of an odor is a distinctive and often unpleasant smell, or is a lingering impression or feeling.
- The smell of roses is an example of an odor.
- When a feeling remains that corruption exists after a political scandal is somewhat cleared up, this is an example of a time when the odor of corruption remains.
Roses have a pleasant odor.
- that characteristic of a substance which makes it perceptible to the sense of smell
- a smell, whether pleasant or unpleasant; fragrance, stench, etc.
- a pervasive atmosphere or quality: an odor of intolerance
- Archaic a perfume or other sweet-smelling substance
Origin of odorOld French ; from Classical Latin ; from Indo-European base an unverified form od-, to smell, odor from source Classical Greek odmē, (var. of osmē), scent, Swedish os, smell, suffocating gas
be in bad odoror be in ill odor
to be in ill repute
- A quality of something that is perceived by the sense of smell: kitchen odors. See Synonyms at smell.
- A strong, pervasive quality: An odor of sadness permeated the gathering.
- Esteem; repute: a doctrine that is not currently in good odor.
Origin of odorMiddle English odour, from Old French, from Latin odor.
(countable and uncountable, plural odors)