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odor

[ oh-der ]
/ ˈoʊ dər /
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noun
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Also especially British, o·dour .

Origin of odor

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English, from Old French, from Latin

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3. Odor, smell, scent, stench all refer to sensations perceived through the nose by the olfactory nerves. Odor and smell in literal contexts are often interchangeable. Figuratively, odor also usually occurs in positive contexts: the odor of sanctity. Smell is the most general and neutral of these two terms, deriving connotation generally from the context in which it is used: the tempting smell of fresh-baked bread; the rank smell of rotting vegetation. In figurative contexts smell may be either positive or negative: the sweet smell of success; a strong smell of duplicity pervading the affair. Scent refers either to delicate and pleasing aromas or to faint, barely perceptible smells: the scent of lilacs on the soft spring breeze; deer alarmed by the scent of man. Stench is strongly negative, referring both literally and figuratively to what is foul, sickening, or repulsive: the stench of rotting flesh; steeped in the stench of iniquity and treason.

OTHER WORDS FROM odor

o·dor·ful, adjectiveo·dor·less, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for odor

odor
/ (ˈəʊdə) /

noun
the US spelling of odour

Derived forms of odor

odorless, adjective
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Medical definitions for odor

odor
[ ōdər ]

n.
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.
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