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Webster 1913 Edition


Odor

O′dor

(ō′dẽr)
,
Noun.
[OE.
odor
,
odour
, OF.
odor
,
odour
, F.
odeur
, fr. L.
odor
; akin to
olere
to smell, Gr.
ὄζειν
, Lith.
ůsti
. Cf.
Olfactory
,
Osmium
,
Ozone
,
Redolent
.]
[Written also
odour
.]
Any smell, whether fragrant or offensive; scent; perfume.
Meseemed I smelt a garden of sweet flowers,
That dainty
odors
from them threw around.
Spenser.
To be in bad odor
,
to be out of favor, or in bad repute.

Webster 1828 Edition


Odor

O'DOR

,
Noun.
[L.] Smell; scent; fragrance; a sweet or an offensive smell; perfume.

Definition 2021


odor

odor

See also: odôr

English

Alternative forms

Noun

odor (countable and uncountable, plural odors)

  1. Any smell, whether fragrant or offensive; scent; perfume.
    • 1895, H. G. Wells, The Time Machine Chapter X
      Now, I still think that for this box of matches to have escaped the wear of time for immemorial years was a strange, and for me, a most fortunate thing. Yet oddly enough I found here a far more unlikely substance, and that was camphor. I found it in a sealed jar, that, by chance, I supposed had been really hermetically sealed. I fancied at first the stuff was paraffin wax, and smashed the jar accordingly. But the odour of camphor was unmistakable.
  2. (figuratively) A strong, pervasive quality.
  3. (figuratively, uncountable) Esteem; repute.

Usage notes

In the United States, the term "odor" often has a negative connotation. Preferred terms for a pleasant odor are "fragrance", "scent", or "aroma".

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Italian

Noun

odor m (invariable)

  1. apocopic form of odore

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Latin

Alternative forms

Etymology

Via rhotacism from Old Latin odōs (plural: odōses), from Proto-Indo-European *h₃ed-.

Pronunciation

  • (Classical) IPA(key): /ˈo.dor/, [ˈɔ.dɔr]

Noun

odor m (genitive odōris); third declension

  1. A smell, perfume, stench.
  2. (figuratively) Inkling, suggestion.

Inflection

Third declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative odor odōrēs
genitive odōris odōrum
dative odōrī odōribus
accusative odōrem odōrēs
ablative odōre odōribus
vocative odor odōrēs

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Portuguese

Etymology

From Old Portuguese odor (displacing collateral form olor), from Latin odor, odōris, from Old Latin odōs, from Proto-Indo-European *h₃ed- (to smell, stink).

Pronunciation

  • (Portugal) IPA(key): /ɔ.ˈðoɾ/, /o.ˈðoɾ/, /u.ˈðoɾ/
  • Hyphenation: o‧dor

Noun

odor m (plural odores)

  1. odour; smell

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Venetian

Alternative forms

  • udor

Etymology

From Latin odor, odōrem. Compare Italian odore.

Noun

odor m (plural odori) or odor m (plural oduri)

  1. smell, stink