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)

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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

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

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

    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. 🙂

  2. 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.’
      ‘The empty room was redolent with Matilde’s light perfume.’
      I like the word sonorous – and I’m doing ‘s’ next week! 😀

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

      2. 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. 🙂

  3. 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

      1. LOL! Oh yeah I’m good at complaining but no constructive answers myself 😉

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