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 There are the smells of vinegar, nutmeg, bay leaves; there is the aroma of fresh meat, sweet and sickening. Olga Tokarczuk, The New Yorker, 13 Sep. 2021 Chris Robinson is famously weed-positive, and in the crowd there were plumes of pungent smoke as well as the overripe aroma of draft beer. Matt Wake |, al, 6 Sep. 2021 Pair it with a sunset and the aroma of dinner on the grill, just don’t forget the lime and mint. Washington Post, 3 Sep. 2021 Coming home to the aroma of warm soup with a side of hot garri—this is our tradition. Chisom Peter Job, Bon Appétit, 20 Aug. 2021 How was a candle really going to get rid of the aroma of chorizo? Kyle Beeche, SELF, 16 July 2021 From the mouth-watering aroma of fine chocolates to the sparkling rainbow colors of rock candy, there’s nothing quite like a candy store to captivate the senses., 8 July 2021 Amid a drought and an intense wildfire season, the delicate aroma of rain and the rumble of thunder felt appropriately timed for the remembrance event and dedication ceremony of the Yarnell Hill Fire Memorial Park. Monica D. Spencer, The Arizona Republic, 30 June 2021 The comforting aroma of the tea ensures all my senses are involved in the relaxing experience. Mary Shannon Wells, Southern Living, 21 June 2021

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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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“Aroma.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Sep. 2021.

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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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