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  1. having a pleasant odor; fragrant.
  2. odorous or smelling (usually followed by of): redolent of garlic.
  3. suggestive; reminiscent (usually followed by of): verse redolent of Shakespeare.
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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 formsred·o·lence, red·o·len·cy, nounred·o·lent·ly, adverb


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Historical Examples

  • His tidings were all that brought back to her mind 'the redolence of joy and spring.'

    Falkland, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • To wear any redolence on the person in the shape of sachet bags is unpardonable.

    Social Life

    Maud C. Cooke

  • It is only the "soul," or, as is held by others, the redolence of the viands that is partaken of.

    The Manbos of Mindano

    John M. Garvan

  • To see the sky again, to breathe air that was fresh, free from the redolence of the forest underlay, was all she desired.

  • The jumble of colour and redolence was invaded with light that asserted its presence like a great living spirit.

British Dictionary definitions for redolence


  1. having a pleasant smell; fragrant
  2. (postpositive ; foll by of or with) having the odour or smell (of); scented (with)a room redolent of country flowers
  3. (postpositive ; foll by of or with) reminiscent or suggestive (of)a picture redolent of the 18th century
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Derived Formsredolence or rare redolency, nounredolently, adverb

Word Origin

C14: from Latin redolens smelling (of), from redolēre to give off an odour, from red- re + olēre to smell
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Word Origin and History for redolence


early 15c., from Old French redolence, related to redolent (see redolent).

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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).

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