Definitions

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

  • adj. Having or emitting fragrance; aromatic.
  • adj. Suggestive; reminiscent: a campaign redolent of machine politics.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. fragrant or aromatic; having a sweet scent
  • adj. having the smell of the article in question.
  • adj. suggestive or reminiscent

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Diffusing odor or fragrance; spreading sweet scent; scented; odorous; smelling; -- usually followed by of.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having or diffusing a sweet scent; giving out an odor; odorous; smelling; fragrant: often with of.

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

  • adj. serving to bring to mind
  • adj. having a strong pleasant odor
  • adj. (used with `of' or `with') noticeably odorous

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French, from Latin redolēns, redolent-, present participle of redolēre, to smell : re-, red-, re- + olēre, to smell.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
First attested in 1400. From French redolent, from Latin redolentem, present participle of redoleō ("I emit a scent"), from re- + oleō ("I smell"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Enter the houbara bustard, with a name redolent of leather-jacketed young men gunning their motorcycles and a courtship display to match.

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  • Harrison's new collection, "The Farmer's Daughter" - a title redolent of Merle Haggard or off-color barroom jokes or both, depending on your referents - contains three stories that feature, among their sprawling casts, several lusty adolescent boys (including one with a clubfoot and one who's a werewolf); an aged rancher, who, at 73, on his "last conscious day" of life, gingerly gropes a

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  • Unfortunately, Johnson's thunder was silenced -- his reign curtailed -- by the guns and bombs of Vietnam and a challenge from Robert Kennedy, another name redolent of tragedy.

    Kennedys' dark tragedies never eclipsed their lofty lunar glow

  • And it is indeed true that the mechanism which supported the 'Estado de India' nourished a very unique place, one which internalised the life-affirming concept behind a word redolent of the very essence of

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  • The constitution of the League was termed by Mr. Wilson a Covenant, a word redolent of biblical and puritanical times, which accorded well with the motives that decided him to prefer Geneva to Brussels as the seat of the League, and to adopt other measures of a supposed political character.

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  • His mother was MARY ARDEN, a name redolent of old poetry and romance.

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  • Kinect - a name redolent of cords, cables, USB ports.

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  • It's called the "Cadillac tax," a name redolent of corporate executives cackling in their Escalades over their cushy benefits.

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  • "Removal" or "transfer" of a people is a word redolent of the Nazi era, for it is what the Nazis did to the Jews of Europe.

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  • Since a variety of incentives have been unavailing, more muscular measures -- perhaps "surgical strikes," a phrase redolent of the McNamara mentality -- are contemplated.

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  • From p. 96 of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby: "For Daisy was young and her artificial world was redolent of orchids and pleasant, cheerful snobbery and orchestras which set the rhythm of the year, summing up the sadness and suggestiveness of life in new tunes."

    September 29, 2012

  • "...the earth was comfortably green and sunny, and the air was both fresh and warm -- pine-aromatic, redolent with springtime."

    Lord Foul's Bane, Chapter Five

    July 29, 2012

  • Redolent and other words connect us to our sensory memories. Proust explored this space; so did Dickens and others who explored the pollution of the 19th century in terms of the sights, smells and sounds of the urban environment; Keats described a vintage "Tasting of Flora and the country green,/Dance, and Provençal song, and sunburnt mirth!" - though his imagery is so powerful that you don't at first notice how he makes tasting do duty for other forms of sensory perception implied by his words, viz hearing, seeing and smelling. Olfaction seems to be the most powerful of these, which perhaps explains why the meaning of redolent has become extended.

    December 4, 2011

  • "She had left me a little note, too, on an old envelope that already held the beginnings of my shopping list. It said, 'I'll call you later. T'--a terse note, and not exactly redolent of sisterly love."-Dead as a Doornail, by Charlaine Harris

    May 19, 2011

  • "Our new cars, redolent of pine, spruce, and other all-natural scents..."

    August 19, 2008