Meaning of aroma


Aroma is the word for a fragrant scent, one that pleases the nose in a way that makes you lick your lips. Unlike its foul-smelling cousin the odor, an aroma smells but never stinks.

Want to know what aromas smell like? Brew a fresh pot of coffee, grill some onions, and fry up a few strips of bacon. Aromas make you drool. You can also use the word to describe things that don’t literally smell, yet somehow seem to linger smell-like in the air, like the oppressive aroma of a brutal dictatorship.

Definitions of aroma
  1. noun

    any property detected by the olfactory system


    odor, odour, olfactory property, scent, smell

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    bouquet, fragrance, fragrancy, redolence, sweetness

    a pleasingly sweet olfactory property
    fetidness, foulness, malodorousness, rankness, stinkiness

    the attribute of having a strong offensive smell

    having the olfactory properties of musk

    the property of being rancid
    B.O., body odor, body odour

    malodorousness resulting from a failure to bathe
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    a basic or essential attribute shared by all members of a class

  2. noun

    a distinctive odor that is pleasant


    fragrance, perfume, scent

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    the pleasing scent produced when incense is burned

    a pleasant, earthly smell associated with rain, especially after a period of dry, warm weather
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    odor, odour, olfactory perception, olfactory sensation, smell

    the sensation that results when olfactory receptors in the nose are stimulated by particular chemicals in gaseous form

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