1. A quality of something that is perceived by the sense of smell: kitchen odors. See Synonyms at smell.
2. A strong, pervasive quality: An odor of sadness permeated the gathering.
3. Esteem; repute: a doctrine that is not currently in good odor.
[Middle English odour, from Old French, from Latin odor.]
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