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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Synonyms & Antonyms for aroma


attar (also otto), balm, bouquet, fragrance, fragrancy, incense, perfume, redolence, scent, spice


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

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Soon the aroma of pizza and other pub grub will be joining the smell of hops and barley at Thomas Hooker Brewing Co. on Bloomfield’s Tobey Road. Steven Goode,, "Bloomfield’s two breweries are expanding to add food, a tap room and private event spaces," 7 Sep. 2019 Expect aromas of honeysuckle, jasmine, and apple blossom along with wispy notes of vanilla and lemon balm. Rachel King, Fortune, "Seven Ways to Enjoy White (Wine) After Labor Day," 31 Aug. 2019 Mahleb are the kernels found inside the pits of sour cherries and have an almond scent with a faintly bitter taste and a vanilla aroma. Los Angeles Times, "Armenian Shortbread With Cardamom and Mahleb," 26 Aug. 2019 The kitchen soon started feeling a bit cozier, a bit homier, a bit safer and more secure as the aroma of something cooking enveloped the room. Paula Johnson, Smithsonian, "Remembering Julia Child," 13 Aug. 2019 Or inhale the heady aroma of fresh lavender, which was part of a display last Saturday highlighting local growers of the aromatic herb, complete with a vintage, powder-blue Chevy pick-up. Kim Pierce, Dallas News, "The Dallas Farmers Market is not the market you used to know. Is that a good thing?," 8 July 2019 In the countryside the air takes up the petrichor aroma of fresh earth. The Economist, "The South Asian monsoon, past, present and future," 27 June 2019 The wafting aroma of the roaster will hopefully attract coffee-lovers to their fresh African joe. Savannah Eadens, The Courier-Journal, "Sample some African joe and book a safari at this new Louisville coffee house," 25 June 2019 The aroma of hot ribs filled the air at Festival Park in Elgin — all for a good cause. Linda Girardi, Elgin Courier-News, "'Family of ribbers' delivers sweet and smoky choices at annual Elgin Ribfest," 15 June 2019

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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 How to pronounce aroma (audio) \

Kids Definition of aroma

: a noticeable and pleasant smell

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