Definition of odor in English:

odor

(British odour)

noun

  • 1A distinctive smell, especially an unpleasant one.

    ‘the odor of cigarette smoke’
    • ‘Instead, use the feedback to find things that eliminate odors for good.’
    • ‘"Choline salts have been known to produce an offensive, fishy body odor, " says Wright.’
    • ‘Dandruff and foot odor are caused in part by yeast that live on the skin.’
    • ‘One concern that many people have is what to use to eliminate odor on furniture.’
    • ‘And in this alternative existence did you still have the same noxious body odor?’
    • ‘Only when the deity smells the odour of sacrifice rightly made does he respond.’
    • ‘They have a very distinctive pungent odor when crushed.’
    • ‘One can almost smell body odor coming off the page.’
    • ‘Occupants also had noticed a strong unpleasant odor resembling sewage.’
    • ‘They have a characteristic musty odor that is detectable when large numbers are present or when the bugs are crushed.’
    • ‘A null response was assigned if the crab did not respond to the odor plume.’
    • ‘Also, some species can emit a strong, foul odor if handled - we found this out firsthand.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One can almost detect the odors emanating from the tiny industries.’
    • ‘He could smell the familiar odour of rotting foliage in his nostrils.’
    • ‘Before drifting off, I detected an odor emanating from the vestibule of Ido's tent.’
    • ‘During that time, the officer had smelled the odour of alcohol on the accused's breath.’
    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’
    • ‘Judging by auras and odors, the woman and one man were witches.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It's a bit of an art, because you have to ensure a silent evacuation and a quick disassociation from any lingering odours.’
    • ‘That's why he has always stuck by Mr Byers, despite the bad political odour which has surrounded him for so long.’
    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.’
      • ‘Well, the only real explanation is that Britain is in very bad odour with the Greeks because of the Elgin Marbles.’
      • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

odor

/ˈoʊdər//ˈōdər/