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.

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

Synonyms for redolent Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for redolent

Contemporary Examples of redolent

Historical Examples of redolent

  • The darkness was redolent of strong tobacco-smoke, the smoke of a cheroot.

  • "Copperfield" is redolent of his own early associations and experiences in London.

    Dickens' London

    Francis Miltoun

  • From it the lid had just been removed, and the room was redolent of the fragrant odour of early spring roots and herbs.

    Dead Souls

    Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol

  • After keeping them waiting for some time, Grace swept in wearing a new gown tinkling with jets and redolent with sachet.

    Talbot's Angles

    Amy E. Blanchard

  • Everywhere water-pipes are gently pouring forth their offerings to the thirsty ground, and the whole town is redolent of perfume.


    Franz von Lher

British Dictionary definitions for redolent



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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for redolent

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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