redolent

[ red-l-uhnt ]
/ ˈrɛd l ənt /

adjective

having a pleasant odor; fragrant.
odorous or smelling (usually followed by of): redolent of garlic.
suggestive; reminiscent (usually followed by of): verse redolent of Shakespeare.

Nearby words

  1. redmond, john edward,
  2. redneck,
  3. redness,
  4. redo,
  5. redolence,
  6. redon,
  7. redon, odilon,
  8. redondilla,
  9. redondo beach,
  10. redouble

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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British Dictionary definitions for redolent

redolent

/ (ˈrɛdəʊlənt) /

adjective

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

Word Origin for redolent

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 redolent

redolent

adj.

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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