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 Yeast, a fungus, eats certain sugars and excretes ethanol and carbon dioxide on the other end, plus a bunch of other aromatic molecules with their own flavor contributions. Wired, "This Martini Wants to Kill Climate Change One Sip at a Time," 7 Nov. 2019 Her filling is a hearty stew of white beans, zucchini and aromatic vegetables, bound by a sauce based on vegetable broth but enlivened by a little tomato paste, a small splash of white wine and chopped rosemary. Joe Yonan, Washington Post, "You can skip the pastry. These vegetable pot pies use a sweet potato crust.," 13 Oct. 2019 In this soup recipe, dried porcini transform a simple combination of chickpeas, Swiss chard and aromatic vegetables. Joe Yonan, The Denver Post, "The secret to a deeply flavorful vegetarian soup: Dried porcini mushrooms," 8 Oct. 2019 Aperitifs are less a distinct category of drinks than a state of mind, but the general idea is: something 20% ABV or under, bright and aromatic, and usually licked with herbs and a bit of bitterness. Max Falkowitz, GQ, "These Aperitifs Are the Before-Dinner Drinks You Need on Your Bar Cart," 19 Mar. 2018 Representing the city of Apatzingan, in Michoacan’s Tierra Caliente Valley, chef Martin Cruz’s simmered medley of aromatic herbs, spices and succulent, shredded boneless goat is popular with the Pacoima public and critics alike. Hadley Tomicki, Los Angeles Times, "17 places you probably have to try to understand birria in L.A.," 31 July 2019 The commission’s regulations have long required disclosure of ingredients, but the commission didn’t mandate that companies list specific terpenes, a broad class of aromatic chemicals found in marijuana and other plants. BostonGlobe.com, "State regulators supported Thursday a measure to require marijuana companies to disclose all ingredients in vaping cartridges sold in licensed stores.," 13 Sep. 2019 An aromatic pork and shrimp broth holds slick rice noodles and crisp bean sprouts, and it gets topped with silky poached fish, a garlicky shrimp and egg stir-fry and refreshing cucumbers and herbs. Los Angeles Times, "Bún Cá Kiên Giang: Vietnamese Fish and Shrimp Rice Noodle Soup," 21 Aug. 2019 Well to state the obvious first, we were wowed by the stellar cup of coffee this little guy churned out, which brought out a complex, aromatic flavor to the coffee, and had a delicious foamy cream on top. Isabelle Kagan, USA TODAY, "Our favorite pod coffee maker is down to its lowest price ever," 20 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun To the hot pan, add 1 to 2 tablespoons cooking oil and the aromatics of your choice. Jackie Burrell, The Mercury News, "Natalie Coughlin’s Everything-but-the-Kitchen-Sink Stir-Fry," 20 July 2019 Its aromatics are staggering, and the relatively low alcohol makes for explosive freshness with no shortage of flavor. Jen Murphy, Sunset, "In the West, It’s Always Rosé Season—Here’s What to Drink Right Now," 22 Jan. 2018 Not pasteurizing preserves some intensity of aromatics and more acidity. Jenn Harrisstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "A complete guide to sake from the sake guru at Ototo," 8 Aug. 2019 The gentle tang of onion and other assorted aromatics. Amiel Stanek, Bon Appétit, "Who Needs Fancy Pasta When You Have D.I.Y. Hamburger Helper?," 16 Sep. 2019 Place the neck and half of the aromatics in the roasting pan; top with the roasting rack. Charlyne Mattox, Country Living, "How to Perfectly Cook a 20-Pound Thanksgiving Turkey," 16 Aug. 2019 The purpose is not to raise the alcohol percentage , but often one of the following reasons: to stretch a short rice crop, to lighten up the texture/flavor of the starchy, rich rice or to bring out certain aromatics. Jenn Harrisstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "A complete guide to sake from the sake guru at Ototo," 8 Aug. 2019 Process until all the aromatics are pureed as smoothly as possible. Los Angeles Times, "Fried Jerked Catfish from Post & Beam," 9 Sep. 2019 Pisha-Duffly encouraged me to start my sauce with some roasted or sauteed aromatics — a combination of shallots, galangal, garlic, chiles and ginger give it fragrance, flavor and texture. Jessica Battilana, SFChronicle.com, "Repertoire: Indonesian gado-gado a gateway salad," 30 Aug. 2019

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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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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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