aromatic

adjective
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

aromatic

noun

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

Other Words from aromatic

Adjective

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for aromatic

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Adjective

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: Adjective This includes polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, benzene, formaldehyde, phenols, and heavy metals. Anuradha Varanasi, Forbes, 13 May 2022 Strain into the glass, then twist the strip of the grapefruit peel over the surface of the drink to express the aromatic oils. Washington Post, 11 Mar. 2022 This tall, glamorous Bundt cake is aromatic with pineapple and studded all the way through with pecans and golden raisins. Washington Post, 13 Apr. 2022 That plant, the Santa Monica Trail Council website explains, may not be a true sage, but is still aromatic. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 6 Apr. 2022 Cook, stirring regularly, until rice is toasted and aromatic. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 26 Apr. 2022 This cuisine can go from pungent and hot to fresh and aromatic and serves guests who enjoy extremely spicy food but also guests who love the freshness of Chinese cuisine. Chelsea Davis, Forbes, 25 Mar. 2022 The bitter Campari and aromatic grapefruit play off each other. Washington Post, 11 Mar. 2022 In this aspirational world, where brownies cost $25 and aromatic diffusers $125 (oils not included), Cox’s $30 counter spray is not at all out of line. Los Angeles Times, 20 Feb. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun For example, if making soup, cook your onions, carrots, garlic and other aromatics. Justin Ward, ExpressNews.com, 14 Apr. 2020 Bruichladdich’s Botanist works well, as does Meunier’s (from France), which includes the usual gin aromatics but is made from beet alcohol. Beth Kracklauer, WSJ, 6 Feb. 2020 Just stir together the oil and vinegar with some aromatics, add in the herbs, taste, drizzle (on everything), and it's done! The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, 9 Apr. 2020 Season the large cavity with salt and pepper; stuff with the remaining aromatics. Charlyne Mattox, Country Living, 16 Aug. 2019 Add herbs, spices, and other aromatics (garlic! chiles! The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, 23 Mar. 2020 Coquine Chef Katy Millard suggests changing up pasta sauce by mixing different aromatics, vegetables and other ingredients found in the pantry. oregonlive, 19 Mar. 2020 The last part of this choose-your-own-adventure warm cheese snack is the aromatics, which help bridge the sweet and salty bookends. Ali Slagle, Washington Post, 6 Dec. 2019 This maintains the oceanic aromatics and sterilizes the seaweed. Joshua M. Bernstein, Popular Mechanics, 26 Feb. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of aromatic

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for aromatic

Adjective

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

Noun

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).

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23 May 2022

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“Aromatic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aromatic. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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aromatic

adjective
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

aromatic

adjective
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

aromatic

noun

Medical Definition of aromatic (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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