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ar·​o·​mat·​ic ˌa-rə-ˈma-tik How to pronounce aromatic (audio)
: of, relating to, or having aroma:
: having a noticeable and pleasant smell : fragrant
aromatic herbs
aromatic wines
: having a strong smell
The peat burns with a pungently aromatic smoke.
: having a distinctive quality
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
aromatically adverb
ˌa-rə-mə-ˈti-sə-tē How to pronounce aromatic (audio)


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: an aromatic plant or plant part
especially : an aromatic herb or spice
: an aromatic organic compound
Choose the Right Synonym for aromatic

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

Adjective aromatic flowers can add greatly to the ambience of a room
Recent Examples on the Web
In one of my accompanying recipes, the sweet potato in the dumplings call the tune for the aromatic spices that go into the stew. Sheri Castle, Charlotte Observer, 30 Jan. 2024 For those who aren’t beer nerds, thiols are compounds in hops that are very aromatic. Jess Fleming, Twin Cities, 18 Jan. 2024 This spicy, aromatic lamb stew is inspired by a traditional Moroccan meat-and-vegetable tagine called mrouzia, a sweet and rich celebratory stew that is prepared in the days following Eid al-Adha, or the Feast of Sacrifice, and sweetened with raisins, honey and spice. Lynda Balslev, The Mercury News, 29 Jan. 2024 Just pour in your spirit of choice and wait a week for the ingredients to steep into an aromatic liqueur. Anna Tingley, Variety, 16 Nov. 2023 Shoppers can save up to 55 percent on bedding, aromatic Yankee Candles, space heaters, and so much more this week. Clara McMahon, Peoplemag, 17 Jan. 2024 Thousands of apple varieties—crunchy, thick-skinned Fujis, which originated in Japan in the 1930s; aromatic Galas; and rare Pink Pearls—exist in the world today, many of them bred for their distinct flavor, color and texture. Laura Kiniry, Smithsonian Magazine, 22 Dec. 2023 The fuel also contained 12% synthetic aromatic kerosene that was made from waste corn. Julia Jacobo, ABC News, 28 Nov. 2023 Cyclic aromatic hydrocarbons are chemicals that result from burning tobacco, coal, oil, gas, wood and garbage that are damaging to DNA. Akshay Syal, M.d., NBC News, 18 Nov. 2023
The lush texture of this wine is absolutely stunning, and the combination of the outstanding mouthfeel and complex aromatics of crushed rocks, fresh tobacco, and pristine fruit makes this wine a jaw-dropping beauty. Cathrine Todd, Forbes, 10 Feb. 2024 With its striking aromatics of tomatoes and olives, this powerful, expressive Greek red-grape variety boasts the boldness, tannins, and body required to stand up to any truffle or porcini dish. Jason O'Bryan, Robb Report, 12 Nov. 2023 The sweet and spicy L.A. version combines trumpet mushrooms with sea salt, maple sugar, soy sauce powder, gochugaru, aromatics and black sesame seeds. L.a. Times Food Staff, Los Angeles Times, 1 Nov. 2023 Celery, yellow onions, and garlic: These aromatics build a great base of flavor. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 26 Dec. 2023 What Is Mirepoix Made Of? Mirepoix includes a trio of aromatics—that is, vegetables known in cooking to offer deep flavors and aromas when cooked. Jessica Harlan, Southern Living, 26 Dec. 2023 This recipe rolls many of the aromatics and herbs into the meatballs so there’s no sauteing. Sarah Copeland, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Dec. 2023 Find it on Amazon Indulge In The Aromatic Scent Of This Scented Candle Savor the aromatic of this Scented Candle, designed to enhance your environment and elicit a peaceful, sensory experience. Priscilla Mak, Rolling Stone, 21 Dec. 2023 Using ingredients such as aromatics, wine and citrus thoughtfully and leaning on other tastes, such as sweet, sour and umami are great ways to ensure that your food is vibrant and exciting. Anna Luisa Rodriguez, Washington Post, 18 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History



Middle English aromatyk, borrowed from Anglo-French & Late Latin; Anglo-French aromatik, aromatique, borrowed from Late Latin arōmaticus, borrowed from Greek arōmatikós, from arōmat-, árōma "fragrant substance, spice" (of obscure origin) + -ikos -ic entry 1


Middle English aromatyke, noun derivative of aromatyk aromatic entry 1

Note: Compare Anglo-French aromatic "aromatic drink," Medieval Latin arōmaticus "kind of fragrant tree," Latin arōmaticum "fragrant eye ointment" (attested in an inscription).

First Known Use


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of aromatic was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Aromatic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


: of, relating to, or having aroma
aromatic noun

Medical Definition


1 of 2 adjective
ar·​o·​mat·​ic ˌar-ə-ˈmat-ik How to pronounce aromatic (audio)
: of, relating to, or having a smell or odor
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


2 of 2 noun
: an aromatic plant, drug, or medicine
: an aromatic organic compound

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