from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The property or quality of a thing that affects, stimulates, or is perceived by the sense of smell. See Synonyms at smell.
  • n. A sensation, stimulation, or perception of the sense of smell.
  • n. A strong, pervasive quality: An odor of sadness permeated the gathering.
  • n. Esteem; repute: a doctrine that is not currently in good odor.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any smell, whether fragrant or offensive; scent; perfume.
  • n. A strong, pervasive quality.
  • n. Esteem; repute.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any smell, whether fragrant or offensive; scent; perfume.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Scent; fragrance; smell, whether pleasant or offensive: when used without a qualifying adjunct, the word usually denotes an agreeable smell.
  • n. Figuratively, repute; reputation; esteem: as, to be in bad odor with one's acquaintances.
  • n. Synonyms Scent, Perfume, etc. See smell, n.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any property detected by the olfactory system
  • n. the sensation that results when olfactory receptors in the nose are stimulated by particular chemicals in gaseous form


Middle English odour, from Old French, from Latin odor.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English odour, from Anglo-Norman odour, from Old French odor, from Latin odor. (Wiktionary)



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