Word of the Week (WOW) – Redolent


Word of the Week (WOW) is a weekly challenge created by Heena Rathore P. It’s a fun way to improve vocabulary by learning new words every week.

To participate, simply do a post with your word and leave the link as a comment on Heena’s WOW post for this week (above link). Illustrations are by no means necessary, but it’s up to you.

I’m up to the letter R this week. I started off by just choosing a word at random (perspicacious). Since then, I’ve been working through the alphabet, so I’ll be looking for a good word beginning with next week.

So, here is my WOW for this week:





red·o·lent  (rɛdəʊlənt)

Audio link: Click here

Part of Speech:


[Noun: red·o·lence, red·o·len·cy.  Adverb: red·o·lent·ly]


1.Having a pleasant smell; fragrant e.g. a  deep, rich, redolent wine 


Syrah wine from Sicily. Pixabay

2. Odorous or smelling (usually followed by of) e.g. a room, redolent of furniture polish

3. Suggestive; reminiscent (usually followed by of or with) e.g. a portrait redolent of the nineteenth century 


The Hay Wain by John Constable. 1821. Now in the National Gallery. Public Domain


1. odorous, aromatic, odoriferous, ambrosial, aromatic, perfumed, fragrant, savoury (savory) scented, sweet, pleasant -smelling

2. (serving to bring to mind): evocative, remindful, reminiscent, resonant


fetid, foul, malodorous, noisome, putrid, rancid, rank, reek, reeking, skunky, smelly, stenchful, stinking, stinky, strong

Word Origin

C14: from Latin redolens smelling (of), from redolēre to give off an odour, from red- re + olēre to smell

Use in a Sentence:

1. The chapter Margaret was reading was a sad one, redolent of regret and lost causes.


2. The forest path was redolent with the scent of pine needles.

Pine woods at Holkham Meals Reach. geograh.org.uk Attribution: Zorba the Greek. Wikimedia Commons

Pine woods at Holkham Meals Reach. geograh.org.uk Attribution: Zorba the Greek. Wikimedia Commons

3. (Noun use): The farmhouse kitchen was filled with the redolence of freshly baked bread.

Reconstruction_of_a_farmhouse_kitchen_in_the_Wensleydale_Creamery_Visitor_Centre_-_geograph.org.uk_-_348302 (1)

Farmhouse kitchen at Wensleydale Creamery. geog.org.uk. Attribtion: Ken Walton

If you’d like to see more interesting words, visit Heena’s page:

Word Treasure

About milliethom

I am a reader and writer of historical fiction with a keen interest in the Earth's history and all it involves, both physically and socially. I like nothing better than to be outdoors, especially in faraway places, and baking is something I do when my eyes need respite from my computer screen.
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26 Responses to Word of the Week (WOW) – Redolent

  1. Thanksgiving day, or senior prom, or honeymoon night! Redolent! 😉

  2. scrapydotwo says:

    Thank you for this word I might use it next time when talking about an aroma or smell. 😀

  3. Galit Balli says:

    Nice word Millie 🙂

  4. I of July says:

    nice… esp in context of the wine reference 🙂

    • milliethom says:

      I should have known that one would appeal to you. 🙂 I’ve read so many references to wine in your excellent poems, I’m already convinced you rather like the stuff! And why not, I ask…? Thanks, Heath. 😀

  5. I think I really like this word Millie. That’s a new one for me. You showed it well too and I am going to use it in my next story. 🙂

  6. exiledprospero says:

    Un léger parfum. Ah yes, parfum will be a great ‘P’ word, should you decide to begin a sister site, in French, compiling a whole new catalog of sonorous words.

    • milliethom says:

      A light perfume? Yes, parfum is a great word, but a sisiter site might be taking things a bit too far… especially in French! lol 🙂 A sentence with ‘a light perfume in it might be:
      ‘The evening air was redolent with the light perfume of honeysuckle.’
      ‘The empty room was redolent with Matilde’s light perfume.’
      I like the word sonorous – and I’m doing ‘s’ next week! 😀

      • exiledprospero says:

        Sonorous. Check with Heena. She may steal your quixotic thunder, again.

      • milliethom says:

        Oh dear, I hope she doesn’t. 😦 I usually wait until Heena has put her post up, just so I can add the link to mine to it. I’d be best to check, as you say. 🙂

  7. Bekki Hill says:

    Laughing at myself here, because I get excited every time I see your word of the week post is up. Feeling bit ‘meh’ about redolent – maybe because it doesn’t sound to me like it should mean what it does?

  8. Sharifah says:

    I’ve always liked this word, too. 🙂 I like its lyrical quality, and I think it also adds a rhythm when used in a sentence.

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