aro·ma | \ ə-ˈrō-mə \

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


balm, bouquet, fragrance, fragrancy, incense, perfume, redolence, scent, spice


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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The smell and the aroma is a characteristic of our environment. Lauren Delgado,, "5 questions about Florida Hops," 9 July 2018 The 2016 Umani Ronchi Casal di Serra Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi ($16) was even richer thanks to aging on the lees, but also well-balanced with fruity aromas. Lettie Teague, WSJ, "An Under-the-Radar Italian Wine Made for Summer Drinking," 31 May 2018 The aromas here are seductive and big, expressing juicy red fruit; graphite, tobacco and Christmas spices fill the palate. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, "Tasting Notes: Fort Ross-Seaview and the anti-California Cabernets," 20 Apr. 2018 The aroma was mostly of caramel, rye and bourbon, with slight alcohol notes. Todd Haefer, The (appleton, USA TODAY, "Beer Man: Three Ryes Men is an unexpected gift," 31 Dec. 2017 The Gose is has a fresh lime aroma and is really effervescent and refreshing. Markus Haas, San Antonio Express-News, "Your guide to 8 great summer beers," 12 July 2018 Bay leaves, fresh herb leaves, citrus peel, grapes (particularly with Gin Mare), strawberries, cucumber ribbons, whole spices — all create a delightful aroma in the glass. Lisa Futterman,, "No mere gin and tonic: Spanish craze employs fruits and herbs to pause summer," 11 July 2018 But our noses, significantly more sensitive, are able to detect a trillion distinct aromas, each of which adds untold dimension to our experience of eating. Samin Nosrat, New York Times, "How to Unlock the Secret Flavor Hidden at the Apricot’s Core," 27 June 2018 The air is crisp and refreshing, with a delightfully distinct aroma that is soothing and re-invigorating. Discover Magazine, "5 Reasons Why Golfing in the Mountains Is Ideal," 25 June 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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aro·ma | \ ə-ˈrō-mə \

Kids Definition of aroma

: a noticeable and pleasant smell

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