aroma

noun
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

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

Examples of aroma in a Sentence

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The moody central dining room basks in the aroma of meats roasting in the open kitchen over live fires. Craig Laban, Philly.com, "Fishtown's Suraya is one of the most exciting new dining destinations of the year," 22 June 2018 But there was an aroma of change in the air and many were willing to go with the flow. Dahleen Glanton, chicagotribune.com, "Intolerance toward gays has softened, but it persists," 14 May 2018 First, the chamomile oatmeal features an incredibly relaxing aroma, which will help Mom unwind in no time, while the oatmeal works to soothe her skin. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "Tea Is the Secret Ingredient in These Genius DIY Bath Soaks," 5 May 2017 This bottling is a soft, fruity and very reasonably priced take on the grape with pretty aromas of cherry and spice. Lettie Teague, WSJ, "Let the Wine Do the Talking This Thanksgiving," 16 Nov. 2018 The sweet fragrance of the newly-redone wooden floors blends with the aromas of the entrees. Donald Liebenson, chicagotribune.com, "Viaggio brings new life to Highland Park location," 9 May 2018 As the Chinese auto market grows, car makers are looking for a way to make the aroma of their new vehicles more amenable to Chinese tastes. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Chinese customers hate “new car smell,” so Ford files a patent to bake it out," 20 Nov. 2018 The public consumption ban translates into little to none of the instantly recognizable aroma of marijuana smoke on the streets of Denver. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "What Michigan needs to learn from Colorado's legalized marijuana," 12 July 2018 This refreshing wine offers up the aroma of boxwood accompanied by pear, anise seed, lemon and green apple notes. Michael Austin, chicagotribune.com, "Explore Michigan's diverse wine scene, one of the country's most exciting developing regions," 5 July 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 \

Kids Definition of aroma

: a noticeable and pleasant smell

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