Origin of odor
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|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
When Sterling first bought the Ardmore, he remarked on its odor to Davenport.Clippers Bigot Donald Sterling Doesn’t Want Blacks at ‘His Games’|Robert Silverman|April 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Edwin Shrake|February 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I could forgive Christie for Bridgegate if he could just eliminate this odor.Bridgegate Looks Almost Good Next to New Jersey’s Other Embarrassments|Dean Obeidallah|January 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The odor of good food attracted Tatsu's senses if not his eyes.The Dragon Painter|Mary McNeil Fenollosa
Its nose caught the odor of a piece of oogzuk blubber a few feet beyond.My Attainment of the Pole|Frederick A. Cook
And I have yet to find one that has an odor that could be called a perfume.A Year in the Fields|John Burroughs
Their odor is peculiar—not fecal, but musty and offensive, and occasionally almost odorless.
There was a perceptible, and not ungrateful, odor of cooking present.Weatherby's Inning|Ralph Henry Barbour
British Dictionary definitions for odor
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."