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

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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 But the sleeper hit of this spread is a small bowl of refried beans — velvety, aromatic, savory, and piquant, a silky, seamless fusion of garlic, chilies, spices, and earthy black beans. TheWeek, "How Oaxacan refried beans steal the show," 12 Apr. 2020 Stir consistently and allow the paste to fry for 30-60 seconds until very aromatic. Mike Sutter, ExpressNews.com, "Recipe: Pieter Sypesteyn’s African-Spiced Collard Greens (Sukuma Wiki)," 2 Apr. 2020 Ginger and green onions make this dish wildly aromatic, and dried bean-thread noodles keep you full. Sunset Magazine, "The Recipes You Should Be Cooking This March," 26 Feb. 2020 Welcome to your newest craving: Dondurma, a type of stretchy, aromatic, melt-proof Turkish ice cream made from milk, sugar and ... Aj Willingham, CNN, "5 things to know for February 11: New Hampshire, coronavirus, budget, Germany, terror," 11 Feb. 2020 Add garam masala and cook until aromatic, 1 minute. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "Eat Your Greens: This Shortcut Recipe for Saag Keeps It Snappy," 29 Jan. 2020 In my Oakland neighborhood, lemon trees are heavy with aromatic fruit that’s ripe for the picking. Sunset Magazine, "Our Favorite Easy Recipes to Savor the Last of Citrus Season," 26 Feb. 2020 People come to praise the baristas and study the exacting process of turning organic seeds into an aromatic cup of nature’s best beverage. oregonlive, "Ashland’s locally owned coffeehouses invite you to take your sweet time," 9 Feb. 2020 Yet once past the pronunciation, the Rocca del Dragone Falanghina ($46 a bottle) offers beautiful aromatic stone fruit and tropical notes with a hint of almond and crisp acidity. James Tidwell, Dallas News, "Sommelier says: 6 Southern Italian wines to try at new Dallas pizza spot," 7 Jan. 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

see aroma

Noun

see aroma

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

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2 May 2020

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“Aromatic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aromatic. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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More Definitions for aromatic

aromatic

adjective
How to pronounce aromatic (audio)

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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