ar·​o·​mat·​ic | \ ˌa-rə-ˈma-tik How to pronounce aromatic (audio) , ˌer-ə-\

Definition of aromatic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or having aroma:
a : having a noticeable and pleasant smell : fragrant aromatic herbs aromatic wines
b : having a strong smell The peat burns with a pungently aromatic smoke.
c : having a distinctive quality
2 of an organic compound : characterized by increased chemical stability resulting from the delocalization of electrons in a ring system (such as benzene) containing usually multiple conjugated double bonds — compare alicyclic, aliphatic



Definition of aromatic (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an aromatic plant or plant part especially : an aromatic herb or spice
2 : an aromatic organic compound

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Other Words from aromatic


aromatically \ -​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce aromatically (audio) \ adverb
aromaticity \ ˌa-​rə-​mə-​ˈti-​sə-​tē How to pronounce aromaticity (audio) , ˌer-​ə-​ , ə-​ˌrō-​mə-​ \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for aromatic

Synonyms: Adjective

ambrosial, fragrant, perfumed, redolent, savory (also savoury), scented, sweet

Antonyms: Adjective

fetid, foul, malodorous, noisome, putrid, rancid, rank, reeking, reeky, skunky, smelly, stenchful, stenchy, stinking, stinky, strong

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odorous, fragrant, redolent, aromatic mean emitting and diffusing scent. odorous applies to whatever has a strong distinctive smell whether pleasant or unpleasant. odorous cheeses should be tightly wrapped fragrant applies to things (such as flowers or spices) with sweet or agreeable odors. a fragrant rose redolent applies usually to a place or thing impregnated with odors. the kitchen was redolent of garlic and tomatoes aromatic applies to things emitting pungent often fresh odors. an aromatic blend of tobaccos

Examples of aromatic in a Sentence


aromatic flowers can add greatly to the ambience of a room

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

While these tests can’t show exactly how the components of the bourbon broke down during its travels, Journey contains a more diverse range of aromatic compounds, any of which are potentially degradants of components in the control whiskey. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "Bourbon Vs. Bourbon: Did Whiskey Really Taste Better in the 1800s?," 21 June 2018 Though each one will taste different, consumers can count on a highly aromatic beer that maintains a light body. Stacy Briscoe, San Francisco Chronicle, "Craft beer bubbles up in downtown Napa," 21 Feb. 2018 The flowers were particularly popular with American settlers who planted the aromatic plant by their farmhouse doors, reports Northern California's Colusa County Sun-Herald. Kelsey Kloss, ELLE Decor, "Home Fragrances: A Brief History, From Ancient Egypt To Today," 5 Aug. 2016 The fickle Nebbiolo grape—the source of Piedmont’s kingly Barolos and brooding Barbarescos—thrives here, producing wines of bracing freshness and aromatic delicacy. Christopher Ross, WSJ, "The Hidden Valley in the Italian Alps Where Winemakers Are Working Against Nature," 15 Feb. 2019 The richness of the Sicilian amaro and brown sugar are countered by citrus, giving way to a hint of roasted coffee with a zippy finish of anise and aromatic bitters. The Editors, Marie Claire, "Holiday Punch Recipes That Will *Make* Your Next Party," 23 Nov. 2016 Cook, stirring, until bacon starts to brown and garlic is aromatic, about 4 minutes. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "The Toast Everybody Should Be Talking About," 24 Jan. 2019 Most essential oils get made with a process called steam distillation, essentially when steam is passed through raw plant material (like ginger or lavender), causing the aromatic compounds in the plants to then vaporize. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How to Use Ginger Oil for Swelling and Inflammation, According to a Dermatologist," 15 Jan. 2019 This Washington syrah is a perfect example, with its concentrated flavors of blueberry pie and blackberry jam, and a meaty aromatic layer that’s more like beef jerky. Marnie Old,, "Great Wine Values: Charles Smith 'Boom Boom' Syrah," 28 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Throw the vegetables and aromatics in the skillet and cook them for about three minutes, shaking the pan and stirring often. Alex Delany, Bon Appetit, "How to Make Stir-Fry Like Your Life Depends on It," 4 May 2018 Skimping on the seasoning Turkey is pretty bland and needs a bit of help from herbs and aromatics. Susan Westmoreland, Good Housekeeping, "The 8 Biggest Mistakes You Make When Cooking a Turkey," 19 Nov. 2018 Warming aromatics, including cardamom, ginger, and cinnamon, are included to aid digestion and improve peripheral circulation during the cooler months (think cold hands and feet). Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "Meet the Eckhaus Latta–Approved Herbalist With a Prescription for Balanced Skin and Less Stress," 4 Jan. 2019 Then, stuff the cavity with aromatics like citrus, herbs, garlic, and onions. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "How to Roast a Turkey if You've Never Done It Before," 20 Nov. 2018 Key aromatics and flavor molecules are being identified such as citrus-like esters from ethyl isobutyrate and pineapple-y aromas derived from ethyl hexanoate or the buttery qualities found in the compound diacetyl. Alan Goldfarb, The Verge, "Artificial whiskey is coming, and one company is betting you’ll drink up," 23 Aug. 2018 Once all those aromatics are all super fragrant, wilt down the spinach. Chris Morocco, Bon Appetit, "This Braised Chicken Soup with Greens Recipe Is PERFECT for Spring," 21 May 2018 There is my variation on pasta and lentils, seasoned modestly with a few aromatics added directly to the broth, including a late dash of crushed thyme. Emily Horton, sacbee, "Legumes, vegetables enrich these simple, one-pot pasta dishes | The Sacramento Bee," 17 Apr. 2018 This recipe is from Slow Cooker Revolution and starts with a few aromatics in a skillet. Kim Walker, Woman's Day, "Slow-Cooker Monday: Chicken in a (Crock) Pot," 12 Dec. 2011

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First Known Use of aromatic


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for aromatic


see aroma


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English Language Learners Definition of aromatic

: having a noticeable and pleasant smell


ar·​o·​mat·​ic | \ ˌer-ə-ˈma-tik How to pronounce aromatic (audio) \

Kids Definition of aromatic

: of, relating to, or having a noticeable and pleasant smell aromatic spices


ar·​o·​mat·​ic | \ ˌar-ə-ˈmat-ik How to pronounce aromatic (audio) \

Medical Definition of aromatic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or having a smell or odor
2 of an organic compound : characterized by increased chemical stability resulting from the delocalization of electrons in a ring system (as benzene) containing usually multiple conjugated double bonds — compare alicyclic, aliphatic



Medical Definition of aromatic (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an aromatic plant, drug, or medicine
2 : an aromatic organic compound

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to speak slightingly about or to degrade

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