V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. exuding a fragrance with qualities that remind you of something else; 2. suggesting or reminiscent of another time or place

Synonyms: aromatic, odorous, fragrant, smelling, evocative, reminiscent, mindful


Tips: Redolent can be used in a variety of circumstances. Something that's redolent of a place or time reminds us of feelings, places, or times in our lives. The meaning of "evocative" probably stemmed from the original meaning of "aromatic or perfumed" because of the way a fragrance can remind you of a particular time or place. Redolent is generally followed by "of" or "with" and means "evocative of" or "serving to bring to mind." It's more precise and specific than the word reminiscent because of the deeper connotation of an emotional or sensory memory. Redolent most frequently refers to smells that evoke memories.

Usage Examples:

Her perfume is redolent of our time together in Paris. (evocative, reminiscent)

The passerby's perfume struck a cord within the young girl because it was redolent of the scent her grandmother used to wear. (smelling, evocative)

The desert air is much more redolent after a rain. (aromatic, odorous)

The psychic's home was redolent with the smell of incense. (aromatic, smelling)

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