Definition of odor in English:

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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.


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.


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

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Syllabification: o·dor

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