Definition of odor in English:


Syllabification: o·dor
Pronunciation: /ˈōdər
(British odour)


1A distinctive smell, especially an unpleasant one: the odor of cigarette smoke
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  • He could smell the familiar odour of rotting foliage in his nostrils.
  • During that time, the officer had smelled the odour of alcohol on the accused's breath.
  • Only when the deity smells the odour of sacrifice rightly made does he respond.
informal funk
literary miasma
2A lingering quality, impression, or feeling attaching to something: an odor of suspicion
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  • It's a bit of an art, because you have to ensure a silent evacuation and a quick disassociation from any lingering odours.
  • The place still had an aura, and an odor, of corrupt bureaucrats and their intellectual lackeys about it.
  • Judging by auras and odors, the woman and one man were witches.
atmosphere, air, aura, quality, flavor, savor, hint, suggestion, impression, whiff
2.1 [with adjective] The state of being held in a specified regard: a decade of bad odor between Britain and the European Community
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  • Let us begin by asking how it came about that the tradition fell into bad odor among us.


Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French, from Latin odor 'smell, scent'.


be in good (or bad) odor with someone

Be in or out of favor with someone: the players were in bad odor with the fans
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  • For a long time Lucas was in bad odour with military veterans.
  • The party does not want to be in bad odour with the United States again.
  • Well, the only real explanation is that Britain is in very bad odour with the Greeks because of the Elgin Marbles.

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