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noun smell pronunciation in British English /smel/
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  1. 1
    [countable] the pleasant or unpleasant quality of something that you notice when you breathe in through your nose

    This paint gives off a very strong smell.

    unpleasant smells

    smell of:

    There’s a delicious smell of fresh bread coming from the kitchen.

    1. a.
      an unpleasant smell

      Whatever is that smell?

    See also aroma
  2. 2
    [uncountable] the ability to notice or recognize smells

    Some experts can tell by smell alone what ingredients are in a dish.

    sense of smell:

    Dogs have an excellent sense of smell.

  3. 3
    [countable] [usually singular] an instance of smelling something

    Have a smell of this perfume.

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