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

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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 Sonoko Sakai’s pastry chef sister makes one impeccable dessert: an aromatic, photo-ready apple galette. Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, "How L.A. cake virtuosos learned to thrive on Instagram," 17 Apr. 2021 Costco Convinces You to Spend More Money To get the most out of your aromatic plant, keep in mind that lavender needs a lot of time in the full sun. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Costco Is Selling the Cutest Potted Lavender Trees," 22 Mar. 2021 With its signature blend of four aromatic plant oils, the result is incredibly glowing, radiant skin with a smoother, more refined texture. Joseph Deacetis, Forbes, "Understanding Skincare That Will Make Your Feel Good Inside And Out.," 1 Mar. 2021 Another Greek appetizer classic, tzatziki is a refreshing mixture of cool yoghurt, crunchy cucumber, garlic, olive oil and fresh, aromatic mint. John Malathronas, CNN, "Best Greek food: 24 of the tastiest selections," 13 Apr. 2021 Its aromatic character and unmistakable aromas attract wine consumers looking for fresh and crispy wines. Per And Britt Karlsson, Forbes, "Sauvignon Blanc: This Multitalented, Aromatic Grape Is Growing In Popularity," 12 Apr. 2021 Whenever possible opt for brown rice, which includes brown aromatic varieties like basmati and jasmine. Leah Zerbe, Good Housekeeping, "The 15 Healthiest Whole Grains You Should Be Eating," 12 Apr. 2021 In India, turmeric had been aromatic and intense; here, it was being touted as a healing superfood, mostly due to its high levels of curcumin. Tamar Adler, Vogue, "Diaspora Co.’s Fair-Trade Spices Will Enlighten More Than Your Cooking," 9 Apr. 2021 Add the thyme and stir until aromatic, about 1 minute. Washington Post, "I grew up learning to cook what’s on hand, and now it’s my pandemic superpower," 8 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun For example, if making soup, cook your onions, carrots, garlic and other aromatics. Justin Ward, ExpressNews.com, "The rules for cooking with wine, and how to make wine-braised beef short ribs," 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, "Why Après-Ski Is Passé," 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, "Steak Chimichurri," 9 Apr. 2020 Season the large cavity with salt and pepper; stuff with the remaining aromatics. Charlyne Mattox, Country Living, "How to Perfectly Cook a 20-Pound Thanksgiving Turkey," 16 Aug. 2019 Add herbs, spices, and other aromatics (garlic! chiles! The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "How to Cook Dried Beans the Traditional Way," 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, "Here’s how to prepare to comfortably shelter in place," 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, "This roasted feta with grapes and olives is a salty, tangy powerhouse of an appetizer — with zero effort," 6 Dec. 2019 This maintains the oceanic aromatics and sterilizes the seaweed. Joshua M. Bernstein, Popular Mechanics, "Home-Brewing Isn’t a Science—It’s an Art. Here's How to Make Your Own Masterpiece," 26 Feb. 2020

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

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29 Apr 2021

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“Aromatic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aromatic. Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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aromatic

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of aromatic

: having a noticeable and pleasant smell

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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