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aromatic

adjective ar·o·mat·ic \ ˌa-rə-ˈma-tik , ˌer-ə- \
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

Definition of aromatic

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

aromatically

play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

aromaticity

play \ˌa-rə-mə-ˈti-sə-tē, ˌer-ə-, ə-ˌrō-mə-\ noun

Examples of aromatic in a Sentence

  1. aromatic flowers can add greatly to the ambience of a room

Recent Examples of aromatic from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of aromatic

see aroma

Synonym Discussion of aromatic

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

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aromatic

noun

Definition of aromatic

1 :an aromatic plant or plant part; especially :an aromatic herb or spice
2 :an aromatic organic compound

Recent Examples of aromatic from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of aromatic

see aroma


AROMATIC Defined for English Language Learners

aromatic

adjective

Definition of aromatic for English Language Learners

  • : having a noticeable and pleasant smell


AROMATIC Defined for Kids

aromatic

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

Definition of aromatic for Students

:of, relating to, or having a noticeable and pleasant smell
  • aromatic spices

Medical Dictionary

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aromatic

adjective ar·o·mat·ic \ ˌar-ə-ˈmat-ik \

medical Definition of aromatic

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

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aromatic

noun

medical Definition of aromatic

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


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