Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A quality of something that is perceived by the sense of smell: synonym: smell.
  • noun A strong, pervasive quality.
  • noun Esteem; repute.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Scent; fragrance; smell, whether pleasant or offensive: when used without a qualifying adjunct, the word usually denotes an agreeable smell.
  • noun Figuratively, repute; reputation; esteem: as, to be in bad odor with one's acquaintances.
  • noun Synonyms Scent, Perfume, etc. See smell, n.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Any smell, whether fragrant or offensive; scent; perfume.
  • noun to be out of favor, or in bad repute.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Any smell, whether fragrant or offensive; scent; perfume.
  • noun figuratively A strong, pervasive quality.
  • noun figuratively Esteem; repute.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun any property detected by the olfactory system
  • noun the sensation that results when olfactory receptors in the nose are stimulated by particular chemicals in gaseous form

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English odour, from Old French, from Latin odor.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Middle English odour, from Anglo-Norman odour, from Old French odor, from Latin odor.

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