odor (countable and uncountable, plural odors)
- 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.
- (figuratively) A strong, pervasive quality.
- (figuratively, uncountable) Esteem; repute.
In the United States, the term "odor" often has a negative connotation. Preferred terms for a pleasant odor are "fragrance", "scent", or "aroma".
strong, pervasive quality
odor m (invariable)
- apocopic form of odore
Via rhotacism from Old Latin odōs (plural: odōses), from Proto-Indo-European *h₃ed-.
odor m (genitive odōris); third declension
- A smell, perfume, stench.
- (figuratively) Inkling, suggestion.
- odor in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
- odor in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
- ODOR in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition, 1883–1887)
- Félix Gaffiot (1934), “odor”, in Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Paris: Hachette.
- Meissner, Carl; Auden, Henry William (1894) Latin Phrase-Book, London: Macmillan and Co.
- with incense and perfumes: ture et odoribus incensis
- the perfume exhaled by flowers: odores, qui efflantur e floribus
- there are whispers of the appointment of a dictator: non nullus odor est dictaturae (Att. 4. 18)