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[red-l-uh nt] /ˈrɛd l ənt/
having a pleasant odor; fragrant.
odorous or smelling (usually followed by of):
redolent of garlic.
suggestive; reminiscent (usually followed by of):
verse redolent of Shakespeare.
Origin of redolent
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin redolent- (stem of redolēns), present participle of redolēre to emit odor, equivalent to red- red- + ol(ēre) to smell (akin to odor) + -ent- -ent
Related forms
redolence, redolency, noun
redolently, adverb
1. odorous, aromatic, odoriferous. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for redolence
Historical Examples
  • The mimosa-bushes, more powerful than our own May, yet reminded us of its redolence; but there were no singing-birds.

  • His tidings were all that brought back to her mind 'the redolence of joy and spring.'

    Falkland, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • It is only the "soul," or, as is held by others, the redolence of the viands that is partaken of.

    The Manbos of Mindano John M. Garvan
  • To see the sky again, to breathe air that was fresh, free from the redolence of the forest underlay, was all she desired.

    The Watchers of the Plains Ridgewell Cullum
  • To wear any redolence on the person in the shape of sachet bags is unpardonable.

    Social Life Maud C. Cooke
  • A little girl, with a fair, light form, was sporting on the sands in all the redolence of youth and health.

  • The jumble of colour and redolence was invaded with light that asserted its presence like a great living spirit.

British Dictionary definitions for redolence


having a pleasant smell; fragrant
(postpositive; foll by of or with) having the odour or smell (of); scented (with): a room redolent of country flowers
(postpositive; foll by of or with) reminiscent or suggestive (of): a picture redolent of the 18th century
Derived Forms
redolence, (rare) redolency, noun
redolently, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Latin redolens smelling (of), from redolēre to give off an odour, from red-re + olēre to smell
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Word Origin and History for redolence

early 15c., from Old French redolence, related to redolent (see redolent).



c.1400, from Old French redolent "emitting an odor" and directly from Latin redolentem (moninative redolens), present participle of redolere "emit a scent, diffuse odor," from red-, intensive prefix (see re-), + olere "give off a smell" (see odor).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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