- the property of a substance that activates the sense of smell: to have an unpleasant odor.
- a sensation perceived by the sense of smell; scent.
- an agreeable scent; fragrance.
- a disagreeable smell.
- a quality or property characteristic or suggestive of something: An odor of suspicion surrounded his testimony.
- repute: in bad odor with the whole community.
- Archaic. something that has a pleasant scent.
Origin of odor
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Examples from the Web for odor
They emit an odor that no human being should inhale, and yet you have.Whatever You Do Someone Will Die. A Short Story About Impossible Choices in Iraq
Nathan Bradley Bethea
August 31, 2014
And, typing that, it occurs to me how rarely we hear modern Americans use the word happy without an odor of irony.What Did TJ Mean By “Pursuit of Happiness,” Anyway?
P. J. O’Rourke
June 8, 2014
When Sterling first bought the Ardmore, he remarked on its odor to Davenport.Clippers Bigot Donald Sterling Doesn’t Want Blacks at ‘His Games’
April 26, 2014
The odor wrenched the stomach and made one hesitant to breathe.‘The Land of the Permanent Wave’ Is Bud Shrake’s Classic Take on ‘60s Texas
February 2, 2014
I could forgive Christie for Bridgegate if he could just eliminate this odor.Bridgegate Looks Almost Good Next to New Jersey’s Other Embarrassments
January 13, 2014
The odor given off by the chicken is also an indication of freshness.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 3
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
A moment after, the odor of alcohol scented the little cabin.The Cruise of the Dry Dock
T. S. Stribling
Unfortunately, the difference in odor does not lend itself to the illusion.The Mayflower, January, 1905
The odor of manure is no doubt pleasant to a farm laborer, but it is unpleasant to us.The Sexual Question
But their humour, like the odor and smoke of gunjah, (hasheesh) was become stifling.The Book of Khalid
- the US spelling of odour
Word Origin and History for odor
c.1300, from Anglo-French odour, from Old French odor "smell, perfume, fragrance" (12c., Modern French odeur) and directly from Latin odor "a smell, a scent" (pleasant or disagreeable), from PIE *od- "to smell" (cf. Latin olere "emit a smell, to smell of," with Sabine -l- for -d-; Greek ozein "to smell;" Armenian hotim "I smell;" Lithuanian uodziu "to smell").
Good or bad odor, in reference to repute, estimation, is from 1835. Odor of sanctity (1756) is from French odeur de sainteté (17c.) "sweet or balsamic scent said to be exhaled by the bodies of eminent saints at death or upon disinterment."
- The property or quality of a thing that affects, stimulates, or is perceived by the sense of smell.
- A sensation, stimulation, or perception of the sense of smell.