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odour

[ oh-der ]
/ ˈoʊ dər /
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noun Chiefly British.

odor.

Nearby words

odorize, odorless, odorosity, odorous, odorously, odour, odour of sanctity, odovacar, odra, odsbodikins, odt

Definition for odour (2 of 2)

odor

[ oh-der ]
/ ˈoʊ dər /

noun

Also especially British, o·dour.

Origin of odor

1250–1300; Middle English < Old French < Latin
SYNONYMS FOR odor
3 aroma, redolence, perfume. 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.
Related formso·dor·ful, adjectiveo·dor·less, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for odour (1 of 2)

odour

US odor

/ (ˈəʊdə) /

noun

the property of a substance that gives it a characteristic scent or smell
a pervasive quality about somethingan odour of dishonesty
repute or regard (in the phrases in good odour, in bad odour)
Derived Formsodourless or US odorless, adjective

Word Origin for odour

C13: from Old French odur, from Latin odor; related to Latin olēre to smell, Greek ōzein

British Dictionary definitions for odour (2 of 2)

odor

/ (ˈəʊdə) /

noun

the US spelling of odour
Derived Formsodorless, adjective
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Medicine definitions for odour

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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