Definition of odour noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



(especially US English odor) noun
BrE BrE//ˈəʊdə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈoʊdər//
[countable, uncountable] (formal)
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  • a smell, especially one that is unpleasant a foul/musty/pungent, etc. odour the stale odour of cigarette smoke (figurative) the odour of suspicion see also body odour
  • Word OriginMiddle English: from Anglo-Norman French, from Latin odor ‘smell, scent’.Extra examples I smelled the distinct odour of something burning. odours from the local brewery An unpleasant odour came from the package. He suffers badly from body odour. There was an odour of decay in the house. Use this spray to remove everyday household odours.Idioms
    be in good/bad odour (with somebody)
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    (formal) to have/not have somebody’s approval and support

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