aroma

noun
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

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

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Dogfish added nutmeg for a slightly sweet, nutty flavor, while Revelation pumped up the floral aroma with locally harvested lavender from Lavender Fields in Milton. USA TODAY, "Summer snow, yellow jacket super nests, laundered cat: News from around our 50 states," 26 June 2019 Using air to boost business isn’t new—consider the aromas luxury hotels pump into their lobbies. Takashi Mochizuki, WSJ, "Your Afternoon Pick-Me-Up, Reimagined," 4 Oct. 2018 Connoisseurs recommend drinking whiskey from a Glencairn glass (above), which is designed to direct the aromas from the liquid up and out of the glass toward the drinker's nose. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "How to Drink Whiskey: A Complete Guide," 1 Oct. 2018 ShyJanay went so far as to cup her hands and fan the aroma toward her to fully enjoy the scent. Nancy Smith & Peter Landry, Philly.com, "Wild for turkey burgers; tame for Tzatziki sauce," 26 Apr. 2018 The distinct aroma combined with rosemary gives the already sweet taste of pork tenderloin an extra touch of luxury. ExpressNews.com, "Recipe: Rose Blossom and Rosemary Pork Tenderloin," 19 June 2019 Warmer, shorter growing seasons risk higher sugars, and therefore alcohol, but lower development of aromas and flavors. Dave Mcintyre, Washington Post, "Climate change is reshaping wine as we know it," 7 June 2019 Then run only water through another cycle to get rid of the vinegar aroma. Nicole Spector /, NBC News, "The kitchen is the germiest room. Here's how to deep clean everything.," 3 July 2018 During a fish’s journey from boat to cutting board, that iron and oxygen team up to slice through fat molecules, releasing some of the same pleasantly gamy aromas found in red meat. Ali Bouzari, SFChronicle.com, "Housemade: The magic of Liholiho Yacht Club," 22 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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aroma

noun
aro·​ma | \ ə-ˈrō-mə How to pronounce aroma (audio) \

Kids Definition of aroma

: a noticeable and pleasant smell

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