ar·​o·​mat·​ic | \ ˌa-rə-ˈma-tik , 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 \ adverb
aromaticity \ ˌa-​rə-​mə-​ˈti-​sə-​tē , 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

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 From the calcareous soils of the Kristy Vineyard in Monterey County, the aromatic white wine is juicy and bright, with citrus and stone fruit flavors. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, "In search of the Great American Wine," 14 June 2018 The most sought-after brandies are barrel-aged, yielding a liquor as brown and aromatic as any bourbon. Kara Newman, WSJ, "Your New Favorite Brown Liquor," 4 Oct. 2018 Finally, the tonic is poured slowly down the twisted handle of the spoon to increase the bubbles and enhance the aromatic effect of the botanicals. Lisa Futterman,, "No mere gin and tonic: Spanish craze employs fruits and herbs to pause summer," 11 July 2018 The highly aromatic fruit has smooth, green skin - sometimes with a red blush - that's edible, making them great for snacking. Kym Pokorny,, "Growing kiwi in Oregon requires care, attention," 2 May 2018 Its sweetly aromatic wisps of smoke added a novel sensory flourish to an otherwise familiar dish of teriyaki salmon. Craig Laban,, "At Old City's Tuna Bar, sushi, a sleek space, and a side of Fujianese family flavors," 15 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 The aromatics of the grapefruit and thyme add depth to the otherwise simple cocktail. Sonia Rao,, "Summer cocktail recipes to expand your happy hour horizons," 29 June 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of aromatic

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


ar·​o·​mat·​ic | \ ˌar-ə-ˈmat-ik \

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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