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[oh-der] /ˈoʊ dər/
noun, Chiefly British
odor. Unabridged
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  • Your socks will hold shape but not odour for the long haul.
  • The meteorite has always been known for its strong odour, presumably caused by the organic chemicals it contains.
  • On wet days there would be an unpleasant odour of dampness, an aroma of overcoats dried by body-heat.
  • Or rather, neither its odour nor its substance is likely to rise up in the faces of those poor overworked nurses.
  • The odour of polished wooden barriers and waxed floor.
  • Behind the building, the odour of coke and lubricant vanished.
  • Giselle, crouched docilely on the operating table, emitted an odour.
  • Every wisp of a spring poem has this odour of green things about it, this contagion of happy abandon.
  • The odour of the fruit could be so overpowering that he gags.
  • Commercial manufacturers see huge potential in clothes that glow, do not wrinkle or overcome body odour.
British Dictionary definitions for odour


the property of a substance that gives it a characteristic scent or smell
a pervasive quality about something: an odour of dishonesty
repute or regard (in the phrases in good odour, in bad odour)
Derived Forms
odourless, (US) odorless, adjective
Word Origin
C13: from Old French odur, from Latin odor; related to Latin olēre to smell, Greek ōzein
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Word Origin and History for odour

chiefly British English spelling of odor (q.v.); for spelling, see -or.

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