- 1[countable, uncountable] the quality of something that people and animals sense through their noses a faint/strong smell of garlic a sweet/fresh/musty smell There was a smell of burning in the air. The smells from the kitchen filled the room.
- 2 [singular] an unpleasant smell What's that smell? Yuck! What a smell!
- 3[uncountable] the ability to sense things with the nose Dogs have a very good sense of smell. Taste and smell are closely connected.
- 4[countable] the act of smelling something synonym sniff He took one smell of the liquid and his eyes began to water. Vocabulary Buildingsmellsdescribing smellsThese adjectives describe pleasant smells: scented candles aromatic oils fragrant perfume sweet-smelling flowersTo describe unpleasant smells you can use: smelly cheese stinky fish musty old books acrid smoketypes of smellsPleasant smells: the rich aroma of fresh coffee an herb with a delicate fragrance a rose’s sweet perfume the scent of wildflowersUnpleasant smells: nasty household odors the stench of rotting meat the stink of stale sweat the reek of beer and tobaccoIdioms
the pleasant feeling of being successful
the sweet smell of success(informal)jump to other results