aroma

noun
aro·​ma | \ ə-ˈrō-mə How to pronounce aroma (audio) \

Definition of aroma

1a : a distinctive, pervasive, and usually pleasant or savory smell the aroma of freshly-baked bread broadly : odor
b : the odor of a wine imparted by the grapes from which it is made The wine has a fruity aroma.
2 : a distinctive quality or atmosphere : flavor the sweet aroma of success

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Synonyms & Antonyms for aroma

Synonyms

attar (also otto), balm, bouquet, fragrance, fragrancy, incense, perfume, redolence, scent, spice

Antonyms

fetor, malodor, reek, stench, stink

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smell, scent, odor, aroma mean the quality that makes a thing perceptible to the olfactory sense. smell implies solely the sensation without suggestion of quality or character. an odd smell permeated the room scent applies to the characteristic smell given off by a substance, an animal, or a plant. the scent of lilacs odor may imply a stronger or more readily distinguished scent or it may be equivalent to smell. a cheese with a strong odor aroma suggests a somewhat penetrating usually pleasant odor. the aroma of freshly ground coffee

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Second, decanting aerates the wine, releasing more of the flavors and aromas. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "You're Probably Making These Wine Mistakes," 9 Dec. 2016 Part of the problem is that human responses to scent are modified by personal preference and preconceptions about what a particular aroma is supposed to do. April Long, Marie Claire, "Aromatherapy Perfumes: Do They Really Work?," 20 Feb. 2019 Luxury crackers have also made an impression in the UK: crackers made by MOET release a fruity aroma when snapped, and are filled with mini bottles of champagne. Carmen Rosy Hall, Vogue, "On the Undeniable Charm of British Christmas Crackers," 18 Dec. 2018 Because so many things refuse to die or refuse to remain in the crypt, American culture now has a musty aroma. Joe Queenan, WSJ, "Must Everything Old Be Exhumed Again?," 6 Dec. 2018 Instead, order plants from a reputable source or visit a nursery to find plants whose flavor and aroma appeal to you. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Fresh Mint That Won't Overrun Your Garden," 22 Aug. 2018 Nearly all cheese has maximum flavor and aroma at room temperature. Jeanmarie Brownson, charlotteobserver, "Warm cheese meets fresh herbs in a happy springtime marriage," 19 June 2018 My drink came out topped with a silky foam, without a hint of unpleasant eggy-ness of course, but also without any trace of beany flavor or aroma. Lisa Futterman, chicagotribune.com, "You love the magic of aquafaba, but did you know it makes luxuriously creamy cocktails?," 11 Apr. 2018 Like their celestial spirit animal, Taureans enjoy relaxing in serene, bucolic environments, surrounded by soft sounds, soothing aromas, and succulent flavors. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "Each Zodiac Sign's Unique Personality Traits, Explained by an Astrologer," 28 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of aroma

1788, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for aroma

Middle English aromat spice, from Anglo-French, from Latin aromat-, aroma, from Greek arōmat-, arōma

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aroma

noun
aro·​ma | \ ə-ˈrō-mə How to pronounce aroma (audio) \

Kids Definition of aroma

: a noticeable and pleasant smell

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