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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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

Examples of aroma in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Taken together, what Trump presented as a bold expression of American values and power has turned out to be precisely the opposite: a gesture of wall-building and retreat, suffused with the aroma of potential corruption. Evan Osnos, The New Yorker, "The TikTok Fiasco Reflects the Bankruptcy of Trump’s Foreign Policy," 25 Sep. 2020 In the kitchen, lavender packs a triple sensory punch: color, aroma and flavor., "Recipes for summer’s bounty: Desserts," 17 Sep. 2020 The black cat bubble bar is a feline shape just waiting to dissolve into a bewitching aroma of bergamot and citrus. Sarah Midkiff,, "Lush Just Dropped Its Halloween Collection — & You’ll Want To Draw A Bath ASAP," 15 Sep. 2020 Guests will be impressed by the wonderful aroma and golden crust, and this mac & cheese keeps plenty warm in a buffet setup. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Are You Ready For Some Football Food? In The Kitchen With LeRoy Butler," 9 Sep. 2020 Burr grinders, on the other hand, boast two blades — one of which is motorized and rotates — that crush the beans and help ensure a consistency in that grind size, which leads to better flavor, aroma and body. Lesley Kennedy, CNN Underscored, "The best coffee grinders of 2020," 4 Sep. 2020 Pineapple, passionfruit and citrus dominate the flavor and aroma. Lee Svitak Dean, Star Tribune, "," 19 Aug. 2020 Pre-ground coffee will lose its flavor and aroma over time. Myo Quinn, Good Housekeeping, "How to Make a Classic Latte at Home," 22 June 2020 The mixture did indeed have a sharp, medicinal aroma. Lawrence Weschler, The Atlantic, "The Uncanny Tale of Shimmel Zohar," 7 Sep. 2020

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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 "fragrant substance, as a spice or ointment," borrowed from Anglo-French aromat, aromant "balm," borrowed from Latin arōmat-, arōma "fragrant substance, spice," borrowed from Greek arōmat-, árōma, of obscure origin

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The first known use of aroma was in 1788

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28 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Aroma.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2020.

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

Kids Definition of aroma

: a noticeable and pleasant smell

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