Synonyms & Antonyms of aroma

1 a sweet or pleasant smell
  • I love the aroma of bread baking in the oven

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2 the quality of a thing that makes it perceptible to the sense organs in the nose
  • the ripe aroma of a sweatshirt that's in dire need of laundering

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3 a special quality or impression associated with something
  • the aroma of wealth and privilege that pervades the manicured confines of the country club

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Frequently Asked Questions About aroma

How does the noun aroma contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of aroma are odor, scent, and smell. While all these words mean "the quality that makes a thing perceptible to the olfactory sense," aroma suggests a somewhat penetrating usually pleasant odor.

the aroma of freshly ground coffee

How are the words odor and smell related as synonyms of aroma?

Odor may imply a stronger or more readily distinguished scent or it may be equivalent to smell.

a cheese with a strong odor

In what contexts can scent take the place of aroma?

Although the words scent and aroma have much in common, scent applies to the characteristic smell given off by a substance, an animal, or a plant.

the scent of lilacs

When is smell a more appropriate choice than aroma?

While the synonyms smell and aroma are close in meaning, smell implies solely the sensation without suggestion of quality or character.

an odd smell permeated the room

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The first known use of aroma was in 1788

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“Aroma.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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