from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A quality that can be perceived by the olfactory sense: the aroma of garlic and onions. See Synonyms at smell.
  • n. A pleasant characteristic odor, as of a plant, spice, or food: the aroma of roses. See Synonyms at fragrance.
  • n. A distinctive, intangible quality; an aura: the aroma of success.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A smell; especially a pleasant spicy or fragrant one.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or principle of plants or other substances which constitutes their fragrance; agreeable odor.
  • n. Fig.: The fine diffusive quality of intellectual power; flavor.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Spice: usually in the plural, spices.
  • n. An odor arising from spices, plants, or other substances, more especially an agreeable odor; fragrance; spicy perfume.
  • n. Figuratively, a characteristic but subtle quality; a pervasive charm or flavor.
  • n. Synonyms Perfume, Fragrance, etc. See smell, n.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any property detected by the olfactory system
  • n. a distinctive odor that is pleasant


Alteration (influenced by Latin arōma, spice) of Middle English aromat, aromatic substance, from Old French, from Latin arōmata, pl. of arōma, from Greek, aromatic herb.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Late Latin arōmata 'spices', from Ancient Greek ἄρωμα (arōma, "seasoning, spicy and/or fragrant smell"). (Wiktionary)



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