aro·​ma | \ ə-ˈrō-mə How to pronounce aroma (audio) \

Definition of aroma

1a : a distinctive, pervasive, and usually pleasant or savory smell the aroma of freshly-baked bread broadly : odor
b : the odor of a wine imparted by the grapes from which it is made The wine has a fruity aroma.
2 : a distinctive quality or atmosphere : flavor the sweet aroma of success

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smell, scent, odor, aroma mean the quality that makes a thing perceptible to the olfactory sense. smell implies solely the sensation without suggestion of quality or character. an odd smell permeated the room scent applies to the characteristic smell given off by a substance, an animal, or a plant. the scent of lilacs odor may imply a stronger or more readily distinguished scent or it may be equivalent to smell. a cheese with a strong odor aroma suggests a somewhat penetrating usually pleasant odor. the aroma of freshly ground coffee

Examples of aroma in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The irresistible aroma of our Unicorn Fruit Body Butter, transformed into a more concentrated personal scent. Essence, 20 Sep. 2021 Magnificent wine with dark fruit, intense aroma, balance (despite 15% alcohol) and a good structure. Per And Britt Karlsson, Forbes, 10 Sep. 2021 Coffee lovers value not only a strong aroma from a good cup of joe, but a sensuous mouthfeel as well. ABC News, 29 Aug. 2021 That tends to result in a bubblegum-like aroma, which is present here. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, 20 Aug. 2021 Lead them to notice the color, shape, aroma, texture and temperature. Washington Post, 11 Aug. 2021 Moroccan Rose is one of Tree Hut's most popular body scrubs, thanks to a sweet (but not too sweet) floral aroma that's subtle and light. Kristi Kellogg, Glamour, 5 Aug. 2021 The experiment found higher concentrations of eucalyptol among the group that was exposed to the rosemary aroma, which performed better on the prospective memory tasks. Nayeli Lomeli, USA TODAY, 22 July 2021 Make sure to arrive early and make use of the aroma steam room, sauna, vitality pool, and heated stone loungers. Christina Liao, Forbes, 23 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of aroma

1788, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for aroma

Middle English aromat "fragrant substance, as a spice or ointment," borrowed from Anglo-French aromat, aromant "balm," borrowed from Latin arōmat-, arōma "fragrant substance, spice," borrowed from Greek arōmat-, árōma, of obscure origin

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11 Oct 2021

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“Aroma.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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Kids Definition of aroma

: a noticeable and pleasant smell

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