Definition of odor in English:

odor

(British odour)

noun

  • 1A distinctive smell, especially an unpleasant one.

    ‘the odor of cigarette smoke’
    • ‘He could smell the familiar odour of rotting foliage in his nostrils.’
    • ‘Only when the deity smells the odour of sacrifice rightly made does he respond.’
    • ‘"Choline salts have been known to produce an offensive, fishy body odor, " says Wright.’
    • ‘Often the first indication that a microorganism problem exists is a characteristic musty odor.’
    • ‘He sighed, noting then the odors wafting in from the kitchen.’
    • ‘The black shafts were right in front of her nose and she noticed a foul odor coming from them.’
    • ‘Chlorine odor is detected at levels between 0.2 and 3.5 ppm.’
    • ‘Occupants also had noticed a strong unpleasant odor resembling sewage.’
    • ‘One can almost smell body odor coming off the page.’
    • ‘A null response was assigned if the crab did not respond to the odor plume.’
    • ‘And in this alternative existence did you still have the same noxious body odor?’
    • ‘During that time, the officer had smelled the odour of alcohol on the accused's breath.’
    • ‘Instead, use the feedback to find things that eliminate odors for good.’
    • ‘Before drifting off, I detected an odor emanating from the vestibule of Ido's tent.’
    • ‘They have a very distinctive pungent odor when crushed.’
    • ‘One can almost detect the odors emanating from the tiny industries.’
    • ‘They have a characteristic musty odor that is detectable when large numbers are present or when the bugs are crushed.’
    • ‘Dandruff and foot odor are caused in part by yeast that live on the skin.’
    • ‘Also, some species can emit a strong, foul odor if handled - we found this out firsthand.’
    • ‘One concern that many people have is what to use to eliminate odor on furniture.’
    smell, scent, aroma, perfume, fragrance, bouquet, savour, nose, tang, essence, redolence
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  • 2A lingering quality, impression, or feeling attaching to something.

    ‘an odor of suspicion’
    • ‘The odor of failure and confusion linger over the Duchy like the smell of rotting flesh.’
    • ‘The place still had an aura, and an odor, of corrupt bureaucrats and their intellectual lackeys about it.’
    • ‘That's why he has always stuck by Mr Byers, despite the bad political odour which has surrounded him for so long.’
    • ‘Judging by auras and odors, the woman and one man were witches.’
    • ‘It's a bit of an art, because you have to ensure a silent evacuation and a quick disassociation from any lingering odours.’
    atmosphere, air, aura, quality, spirit, flavour, savour, emanation, hint, suggestion, impression, whiff, ambience, tone
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    1. 2.1with adjective The state of being held in a specified regard.
      ‘a decade of bad odor between Britain and the European Community’
      • ‘Let us begin by asking how it came about that the tradition fell into bad odor among us.’

Phrases

  • be in good (or bad) odor with someone

    • informal Be in or out of favor with someone.

      ‘the players were in bad odor with the fans’
      • ‘I made a point of arguing this case in the morning editorial meetings, and that put me in a very bad odour with Kevin Marsh, the editor.’
      • ‘The party does not want to be in bad odour with the United States again.’
      • ‘For a long time Lucas was in bad odour with military veterans.’
      • ‘Well, the only real explanation is that Britain is in very bad odour with the Greeks because of the Elgin Marbles.’

Origin

Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French, from Latin odor ‘smell, scent’.

Pronunciation

odor

/ˈōdər//ˈoʊdər/