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Word of the Day
Saturday, June 30, 2001

Definitions for redolent

  1. Having or exuding fragrance; scented; aromatic.
  2. Full of fragrance; odorous; smelling (usually used with 'of' or 'with').
  3. Serving to bring to mind; evocative; suggestive; reminiscent (usually used with 'of' or 'with').

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Citations for redolent
The 142-foot-long sidewheeled steamer . . . ferried people from place to place, . . . its two decks redolent with the aroma of fresh grapes, peaches, and other fruit headed for the rail spur at the Canandaigua pier, then on to markets in New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. A. M. Sperber and Eric Lax, Bogart
The simple, semisweet and moist cake was redolent of cinnamon and nutmeg and studded with Mr. McCartney's favorite nuts, pecans. Bryan Miller, New York Times
Origin of redolent
Redolent derives from Latin redolens, -entis, present participle of redolere, "to emit a scent, to diffuse an odor," from red-, re- + olere, "to exhale an odor."