Odor definition

ōdər
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A quality of something that is perceived by the sense of smell.

Kitchen odors.

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Esteem; repute.

A doctrine that is not currently in good odor.

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A strong, pervasive quality.

An odor of sadness permeated the gathering.

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A pervasive atmosphere or quality.

An odor of intolerance.

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Any smell, whether fragrant or offensive; scent; perfume.
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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.

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That characteristic of a substance which makes it perceptible to the sense of smell.
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(archaic) A perfume or other sweet-smelling substance.
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(figuratively) A strong, pervasive quality.
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A smell, whether pleasant or unpleasant; fragrance, stench, etc.
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(figuratively, uncountable) Esteem; repute.
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be in bad odor
  • to be in ill repute
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
odor
Plural:
odors

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

be in bad odor

Origin of odor

  • Middle English odour from Old French from Latin odor

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English odour, from Anglo-Norman odour, from Old French odor, from Latin odor.

    From Wiktionary