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



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

When they’re exposed to air, oxygen replaces the CO2, slowly turning the aromatic coffee oils inside the bean rancid. Eleanor Hildebrandt, Popular Mechanics, "How To Make Really Good Coffee," 5 June 2019 The result is like a mash-up of a French pastry and an Israeli or Lebanese breakfast plate: deeply aromatic, a little savory, a case study in layers that all too quickly translates into a tiny cairn of golden flakes on your plate. Amy Scattergood,, "Topped with za’atar and labneh, the latest croissant at Proof Bakery is a good one," 3 June 2019 Add garlic and oil and cook until aromatic, 1 minute. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "30-Minute Pasta With a Superlative Sausage Ragù," 29 Nov. 2018 Instead the brewers focused on finding hops with terpenes (aromatic oils) that match those found in mango kush. Ac Shilton, Outside Online, "The 12 Best Summer Beers of 2019," 10 June 2019 Fort Worth chef Tim Love’s herb-heavy dry rub adds an aromatic punch to this perfect crunchy side dish., "Recipe: Chile-Cheese Yuca Chips," 5 June 2019 While there are organic pigments called AZO pigments available, multiple studies found that AZO pigments contain aromatic amines, which are known carcinogens. Bryan Proctor,, "Want a tattoo? Do your research first," 5 June 2019 It is known for its aromatic preparation of vegetables, rice, and seafood. Rebecca Deczynski, Good Housekeeping, "50 American Food Facts You Didn't Know," 4 June 2019 Relaxing ritual baths that are infused with aromatic essential oils, with rose or flower petals. Lisa Stardust, Teen Vogue, "How to Do Magic and Other Questions You Might Have About Being a Witch," 30 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Pricing of the aromatics chain - which includes paraxylene (PX) and PET bottle resin- have been falling since early April. Marissa Luck, Houston Chronicle, "Could petrochemicals be entering a down cycle?," 25 June 2019 That was the only dud dish of the night, the rest a tongue-tingling parade of aromatics and flavors. Michael Mayo,, "Review: Bombay Darbar brings some new flavor (Indian) to Las Olas," 13 June 2019 This lovely white is a blend of riesling (which contributes acidity), malvasia (aromatics) and chardonnay (body). Dave Mcintyre, Washington Post, "At just $15, this soulful Spanish garnacha from a lesser-known region is a steal," 7 June 2019 Throw the vegetables and aromatics in the skillet and cook them for about three minutes, shaking the pan and stirring often. Alex Delany, Bon Appetit, "How to Make Stir-Fry Like Your Life Depends on It," 4 May 2018 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

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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


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English Language Learners Definition of aromatic

: having a noticeable and pleasant smell


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


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



Medical Definition of aromatic (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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