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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 redolent
  • Abattoir also features dishes redolent with head cheese, innards, feet and tongue.
  • Expressions so redolent of the laboratory are as well left alone unless the metaphor they suggest is really valuable.
  • His office is redolent with vanilla, owing to his adjacent warehouse, filled with bundles awaiting export.
  • Caravans came loaded with exotic goods redolent of distant lands.
  • It is too redolent of voodoo economics to be financially credible and too confusing to impress the voters.
  • These lines are redolent with depression and the sense of estrangement from humanity which depression fosters.
  • For an amuse-bouche the table gets cinnamon rolls redolent of airport layovers.
  • They are not fluorescent concoctions redolent of high-fructose corn syrup.
  • To those who knew him, his books are hauntingly redolent of his sensibility.
  • It seems a cynical and desperate piece of plot-weaving, all too redolent of the lowest of the low soap operas.
British Dictionary definitions for redolent


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 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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