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[red-l-uh nt] /ˈrɛd l ənt/
having a pleasant odor; fragrant.
odorous or smelling (usually followed by of):
redolent of garlic.
suggestive; reminiscent (usually followed by of):
verse redolent of Shakespeare.
Origin of redolent
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin redolent- (stem of redolēns), present participle of redolēre to emit odor, equivalent to red- red- + ol(ēre) to smell (akin to odor) + -ent- -ent
Related forms
redolence, redolency, noun
redolently, adverb
1. odorous, aromatic, odoriferous. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for redolent
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  • It gloried in three names, all of which were redolent of home.

  • “Our men,” on the other hand, is redolent of sentimental domesticity.

    The Red Hand of Ulster George A. Birmingham
  • They interviewed me in my study, and the house was redolent of Southern courtesy and grace.

    St. Cuthbert's Robert E. Knowles
  • From springtime until autumn the presbytery was redolent of mignonette.

    Balthasar Anatole France
  • The silken thing which enveloped her was redolent of the perfume of roses; it was stifling her.

    The Yellow Claw Sax Rohmer
  • The place was redolent with the fumes of whisky and tobacco.

    Paddy Finn W. H. G. Kingston
  • The darkness was redolent of strong tobacco-smoke, the smoke of a cheroot.

British Dictionary definitions for redolent


having a pleasant smell; fragrant
(postpositive; foll by of or with) having the odour or smell (of); scented (with): a room redolent of country flowers
(postpositive; foll by of or with) reminiscent or suggestive (of): a picture redolent of the 18th century
Derived Forms
redolence, (rare) redolency, noun
redolently, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Latin redolens smelling (of), from redolēre to give off an odour, from red-re + olēre to smell
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for redolent

c.1400, from Old French redolent "emitting an odor" and directly from Latin redolentem (moninative redolens), present participle of redolere "emit a scent, diffuse odor," from red-, intensive prefix (see re-), + olere "give off a smell" (see odor).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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