- 1A distinctive smell, especially an unpleasant one: the odor of cigarette smokeMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2A lingering quality, impression, or feeling attaching to something: an odor of suspicionMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2.1 [with adjective] The state of being held in a specified regard: a decade of bad odor between Britain and the European CommunityMore example sentences
- 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 fansMore example sentences
- 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'.