Word of the Week (WOW) – Redolent

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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:

redolent

 Word: 

Redolent

Pronunciation:

red·o·lent  (rɛdəʊlənt)

Audio link: Click here

Part of Speech:

Adjective

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

 Meaning:

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

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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 

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

Synonyms:

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

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

Antonyms:

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.

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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.

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

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

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26 thoughts on “Word of the Week (WOW) – Redolent

    1. 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. 😀

    1. I love this word and use it quite a lot. I really hope it comes in useful to you and I’ll look out for it. I imagine it will be in one of your stories rather than your informative posts. Thanks, Joycelin. 🙂

  1. 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.

    1. 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.’
      or:
      ‘The empty room was redolent with Matilde’s light perfume.’
      I like the word sonorous – and I’m doing ‘s’ next week! 😀

      1. 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. 🙂

  2. 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?

    1. That’s really interesting. I like redolence
      better myself. I wonder what you think redolent should mean? Perhaps I’ll come back on that one when you’ve had time to construct an answer! lol

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