aroma

noun aro·ma \ ə-ˈrō-mə \
Updated on: 21 Nov 2017

Definition of aroma

1 a : 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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Origin and Etymology of aroma

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

aroma Synonyms

Synonym Discussion of aroma

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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AROMA Defined for Kids

aroma

noun aro·ma \ ə-ˈrō-mə \

Definition of aroma for Students

: a noticeable and pleasant smell


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