Adjective "Redolent" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Strongly reminiscent or suggestive of.
  1. 'To cap it all, the building's architecture is redolent of the classical Greek culture that originally founded the concept of gymnasia and held physical exercises in the very highest esteem.'
  2. 'They are strong, redolent of the dignity of human life, and contrary to many images of female nudity.'
  3. 'The Derby is redolent of tradition and grandeur.'
  4. 'Could there ever be a venue more redolent of York's history than the Barbican?'
  5. 'The very word, redolent of dusty, don't touch displays inside glass cases, would once have brought howls of protests from children simply wanting to enjoy an afternoon out.'
  6. 'Lower Manhattan, first home of successive waves of American immigrants, is rich in such venues, redolent of social history.'
  7. 'Travellers arriving back at Gatwick last Sunday morning encountered the kind of industrial disruption more redolent of the winter of discontent than Britain's modern and flexible economy.'
  8. 'This is an ambitious 18-track programme piece redolent of the history, mystery, and eloquent loneliness in the Border hills of the composer's childhood.'
  9. 'These tubes and shapes are redolent of the exterior world, yet they are also evocative of our skin, our interior bodies, our senses.'
  10. 'The description is so redolent of history as to be a constitutional precedent in itself.'
  11. 'the church was old, dark, and redolent of incense'
  12. 'And we bought fresh, succulent oysters redolent with the scent of the sea.'
  13. 'I have a fondness for the stories of the newsrooms of the past, filled with smoke, redolent with the smell of dirty paste pots, the sound of the bulletin bell on the wire service machines.'
Fragrant or sweet-smelling.
  1. 'No blooming season is more redolent than spring, so it makes perfect olfactory sense to smell the flowers now.'
  2. 'No radio, no TV, just the meal, the New Yorker, and the soft high whine of Jasper breathing through his nose, coveting the redolent sausage.'
  3. 'Our mouths watered at the redolent smell of sweet roasted meat.'


1. having a pleasant odor; fragrant.

2. odorous or smelling (usually followed by of): redolent of garlic.

3. suggestive; reminiscent (usually followed by of): verse redolent of Shakespeare.

More examples(as adjective)

"voices can be redolent with threats."

"stylings can be redolent of ages."

"rooms can be redolent of eras."

"rooms can be redolent of decays."

"rooms can be redolent of dampnesses."

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Late Middle English (in the sense ‘fragrant’): from Old French, or from Latin redolent- ‘giving out a strong smell’, from re(d)- ‘back, again’ + olere ‘to smell’.