aromatic

adjective
ar·​o·​mat·​ic | \ˌa-rə-ˈma-tik, 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 \ -​ti-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb
aromaticity \ ˌa-​rə-​mə-​ˈti-​sə-​tē , 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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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

Many flowers are aromatic, but only some are strong enough to perfume your outdoor living spaces. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "The 60 Most Fragrant Flowers Across The World," 11 May 2017 Cook until aromatic, about 30 seconds, then add 1 bunch of stemmed and torn Tuscan kale, Swiss chard, collards or other greens in batches until slightly wilted. Sarah Fritsche, San Francisco Chronicle, "Citrus, chicories and the winter farmers’ markets," 2 Feb. 2018 Scotch bonnets carry an oily essence with several of the same aromatic molecules as mangoes and other tropical fruits. Ali Bouzari, San Francisco Chronicle, "Housemade: The science behind the skillets at Miss Ollie’s in Oakland," 16 May 2018 Vegetables and garbanzo beans are roasted with aromatic spices, then bathed in a tangy dressing and topped with earthy radishes, creamy avocado and fragrant mint. Anna Thomas Bates, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Egyptian spice blend brightens veggie-packed cauliflower salad," 25 Apr. 2018 The aromatic, North African spiced stew is slow-cooked in a shallow dish with a conical lid that creates steam from the cooking liquid. Claire Perez, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Moroccan chicken tagine a flavorful and aromatic stew," 29 June 2018 The vinaigrette itself is a lovely thing to make, with its Meyer lemon juice; aromatic, slightly sweeter than regular juice. Polly Campbell, Cincinnati.com, "Chef and a Recipe: Justin Uchtman of Sartre does spring vegetables," 4 June 2018 At the Wolfgang Puck Wok Stir Fry Station, guests can expect delicacies like stir fried coconut rice with heirloom vegetables and aromatic herbs, pork and shrimp stir fry with passion fruit glaze, and beef and snap peas on green papaya salad. Lisa Beebe, Los Angeles Magazine, "Wolfgang Puck Catering’s Summer Menu Offers a Taste of Paradise," 26 June 2018 The Maracuyá Sour, topped with foamy egg white, is bracing and aromatic. Maggie Hoffman, SFChronicle.com, "Meet School Night, Dogpatch’s weeknight-only bar," 13 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Once all those aromatics are all super fragrant, wilt down the spinach. Chris Morocco, Bon Appetit, "This Braised Chicken Soup with Greens Recipe Is PERFECT for Spring," 21 May 2018 There is my variation on pasta and lentils, seasoned modestly with a few aromatics added directly to the broth, including a late dash of crushed thyme. Emily Horton, sacbee, "Legumes, vegetables enrich these simple, one-pot pasta dishes | The Sacramento Bee," 17 Apr. 2018 This recipe is from Slow Cooker Revolution and starts with a few aromatics in a skillet. Kim Walker, Woman's Day, "Slow-Cooker Monday: Chicken in a (Crock) Pot," 12 Dec. 2011 The aromatics of the grapefruit and thyme add depth to the otherwise simple cocktail. Sonia Rao, chicagotribune.com, "Summer cocktail recipes to expand your happy hour horizons," 29 June 2018 The milk can also be scented with aromatics such as vanilla bean, cacao, matcha, turmeric or cinnamon. Time, "Weekend Recipe: Your Guide to Creating Dairy-Free Nut, Seed and Rice Milks," 22 June 2018 Dried and powdered, its easy to mix into marinades or spice rubs, or sizzled with aromatics like onions and garlic as the base of a soup or stew. Amiel Stanek, Bon Appetit, "What Is Turmeric, Anyway?," 19 Jan. 2018 India Oven concentrates on Northern Indian food, a style that favors aromatics over feeling the burn. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "Review: India Oven brings the heat on West Avenue," 12 July 2018 Here are some other good go-tos: Sam ’76 (Boston Beer Company) – Nice hoppy aromatics and a clean finish. Chris Morris, Fortune, "6 Beers and 6 Wines to Improve Your Fourth of July Cookout," 29 June 2018

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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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aromatic

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of aromatic

: having a noticeable and pleasant smell

aromatic

adjective
ar·​o·​mat·​ic | \ˌer-ə-ˈma-tik \

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 \

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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