Wednesday Word for August 26, 2020

Today’s word comes from First Reader.

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Today’s Word

Part of Speech



  1. Exuding fragrance.
  2. Full of a specified fragrance.
  3. Having a pleasant odor; fragrant.


Redolent traces back to the Latin verb olēre (“to smell”) and is a relative of “olfactory” (“of, relating to, or connected with the sense of smell”). In its earliest English uses in the 15th century, “redolent” simply meant “having an aroma.” Today, it usually applies to a place or thing impregnated with odors. It can also be used of something that reminds us of something else or evokes a certain emotional response, as in “a city redolent of antiquity.”



aromatic, fragrant, scented


fetid, putrid, rank

Usage and Examples

Here are a couple of examples:

  • Jack found place redolent with American history as the government’s web site pointed out.
  • The redolent whiff of her Obsession perfume hit Duncan before she even reached him.

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