Part of speech: adjective
Origin: Latin, 15th century
Strongly reminiscent or suggestive of (something)
Strongly smelling of.
Examples of Redolent in a sentence
"The small homes are redolent of the initial ones in the city."
"The aromas of spring are redolent with flowers and freshly cut grass."
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You can use redolent to describe anything that reminds you of something else, but the original usage was related to smell. In Latin, "red" means back, or again, and "olere" means to smell. That gives us "redolent" in Latin, meaning giving out a strong smell. The spelling and meaning passed through to Old French and into Middle English in the 15th century
Did you Know?
Scent is one of the most powerful triggers for memory. Incoming smells pass through the olfactory bulb in your nose, directly to the hippocampus and amygdala. These areas in your brain are responsible for emotion and memory. This pathway explains why a kitchen redolent of baking cookies reminds you of Grandma.