Definition of redolent in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈrɛdəl(ə)nt/


1 (redolent of/with) Strongly reminiscent or suggestive of: names redolent of history and tradition
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  • This is an ambitious 18-track programme piece redolent of the history, mystery, and eloquent loneliness in the Border hills of the composer's childhood.
  • The place is redolent of Viennese history as the city government's web site points out.
  • Could there ever be a venue more redolent of York's history than the Barbican?
evocative, suggestive, reminiscent, remindful
1.1 literary Strongly smelling of: the church was old, dark, and redolent of incense
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  • And the whole town smoulders damply under a haze of burnt burger, singed sausage, and evaporated candy floss, all slightly sticky and redolent of the smell of pink bubble gum.
  • It was redolent of a smell that could only have come from the smithy of Uncle Hansa's expertise.
  • Apparently, everyone at the Spectator is interested in poetry, ‘just as we are interested in the smell of our own armpits, because they are uniquely redolent of ourselves’.
2 archaic or literary Fragrant or sweet-smelling: a rich, inky, redolent wine
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  • No blooming season is more redolent than spring, so it makes perfect olfactory sense to smell the flowers now.
  • No radio, no TV, just the meal, the New Yorker, and the soft high whine of Jasper breathing through his nose, coveting the redolent sausage.
  • My normally reserved father turns into a rapacious gourmand around the steaming, redolent pot, reliving his Saskatchewan youth by heaping his plate.
smelling of, reeking of;
scented with, fragrant with, perfumed with



Pronunciation: /ˈrɛdəl(ə)ns/
Example sentences
  • The order came after repeated complaints from residents, yet the exact source of the repulsive redolence was never exactly revealed.
  • Throughout the various locations for this interpersonal quest are mandalas, murals to spiritual anarchy and role-playing redolence that serve as an omen for the shape of things to possibly come.
  • He turned around, his eyes searching hers in that way he had, their crimson depths revealing nothing but a deathly shimmer and a redolence of something lost.




Late Middle English (in the sense 'fragrant'): from Old French, or from Latin redolent- 'giving out a strong smell', from re(d)- 'back, again' + olere 'to smell'.

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