There are 2 translations of smell in Spanish:


Pronunciation: /smel/


  • 1.1 c (odor) olor (m) a nice smell un olor agradable or un buen olor or (AmL tb) un rico olor an unpleasant smell un olor desagradable these roses have no smell estas rosas no tienen perfume there's a strong smell of garlic/burning in here huele mucho a ajo/a quemado, hay mucho olor a ajo/a quemado this cheese has a funny smell este queso huele raro or tiene un olor raro there's a smell of defeat in the air el derrotismo se respira en el aire the sweet smell of success la seducción del éxito
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    • Christmas morning came with the smells of pine from candles and coffee in the kitchen.
    • Putrid smells of raw sewage and burning garbage become acceptable after being exposed to these foul scents for a long enough time.
    • As we were driving down these terrible, lumpy, unlit streets we were constantly catching whiffs of different smells.
    1.2 (sniff) [colloquial/familiar] (no pl) to have o take a smell at o of sth oler* algo, tomarle el olor a algo (AmL) get a smell of that cheese! ¡cómo apesta ese queso!
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    • He had a smell of the rose, it had a lovely perfume.
    • I love citrus -- but the first time I sprayed this on a card and took a smell I almost passed out. It is STRONG in the first few minutes.
    1.3 u (sense of smell) olfato (m) a keen/good sense of smell un fino/buen (sentido del) olfato
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    • It's hard to breathe, your nose drips constantly and your sense of smell just isn't what it used to be.
    • All anteaters have an excellent sense of smell; sight and hearing are not as well developed.
    • On the day of the test none of the subjects reported to be suffering from nasal congestion or any other symptom thought to affect their sense of smell.

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There are 2 translations of smell in Spanish:


vt (past & past p smelled or (BrE also) , smelt)

  • 1.1 (sense) oler* I can smell freshly baked bread hay olor a pan recién hecho, huele a pan recién hecho, siento olor a pan recién hecho (esp AmL) we could smell burning olía a quemado, había olor a quemado
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    • I think a few more of those pastries have my name on them,’ she said looking down the hall to see if she could smell them out.
    1.2 (sniff at) [person] oler*; [animal] olfatear the dog smelled my shoes el perro me olfateó los zapatos 1.3 (recognize) to smell danger olfatear el peligro she can smell trouble a mile off se huele los problemas desde lejos

vi (past & past p smelled or (BrE also) , smelt)

  • 1.1 (give off odor) oler* that smells good! ¡qué bien huele!, ¡qué rico olor! (AmL) it smells strong/delicious huele fuerte/delicioso, tiene un olor muy fuerte/un olor delicioso it smells off huele a podrido, tiene olor a podrido it smells in here ¡qué mal huele aquí!, ¡qué mal olor hay aquí! (CS) your breath smells tienes mal aliento his feet smell le huelen los pies he smells! huele mal frankly, this whole business smells [colloq & pej] este asunto huele mal or [familiar/colloquial] huele a chamusquina her perfume smells like roses su perfume huele a rosas or tiene olor a rosas to smell of sth oler* a algo the room smelled of damp la habitación olía a humedad, había olor a humedad en la habitación (AmL) they smell of money [colloquial/familiar] están forrados (de dinero) [familiar/colloquial], están podridos en plata or (Esp) podridos de dinero [familiar/colloquial] 1.2 (sniff) [person] oler*; [animal] olfatear
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    • We separated the cats into two separate rooms and let them smell each other under the door.
    • And the new initiatives are bomb sniffing dogs we are looking at, so can smell explosives hidden in containers.
    • A police dog who happens to smell an illegal substance on casual passing in a train station is probably cause for detaining you.
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    • The National Party council could smell the trouble back then in December.
    • Lemond was unconvinced and believed, like many others, Hinault could smell a record sixth victory.
    • Even without any evidence he can smell out the truth.
    1.3 (sense) oler* I can't smell: I've got a cold no huelo nada, estoy resfriado
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    • You poured in everything that was left of the geranium essence, until the room was warm and scented and smelled like an exotic hothouse.
    • But something else came with the earthy scent - something that smelled like smoke.
    • It went on like this for several more rounds before what was in the pot finally tasted and smelled like something you'd want to serve on pasta.
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    • It is hard to describe what it is like under these bridges, where there is not enough height for a person to stand up straight, it smells, and the wind blows and even howls through the darkness.
    • Someone comes into the building and it smells, things fall off in their hands, the floor doesn't look too secure.
    • The carcass which had already began to smell revealed a red mess with two holes where eyes should have been.

Phrasal verbs

smell out

v + o + adv, v + adv + o
1.1 (detect) [dog] olfatear; [trouble] olerse* 1.2 (cause to smell) (BrE) [colloquial/familiar] smell up

smell up

v + adv + o, v + o + adv (AmE)
[colloquial/familiar] [place] (hacer*) apestar, dejar hediondo

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