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[uh-roh-muh] /əˈroʊ mə/
an odor arising from spices, plants, cooking, etc., especially an agreeable odor; fragrance.
(of wines and spirits) the odor or bouquet.
a pervasive characteristic or quality.
Origin of aroma
1175-1225; < Latin < Greek: spice; replacing Middle English aromat < Old French < Latin arōmat- (stem of arōma) Unabridged
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  • The very name of Casanova had intoxicated her with its aroma of a thousand conquests.

    Casanova's Homecoming Arthur Schnitzler
  • The aroma from the roasted goose brought joy to the whole street.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • The coffee had undeniably an aroma that it had not had of past mornings.

    The Trimming of Goosie James Hopper
  • The aroma, borne on the morning breeze, had struck the Scarabus on awaking.

    The Industries of Animals Frdric Houssay
  • The substance is a little dried, and consequently it has lost some of its aroma.

    Shoulder-Straps Henry Morford
British Dictionary definitions for aroma


a distinctive usually pleasant smell, esp of spices, wines, and plants
a subtle pervasive quality or atmosphere
Word Origin
C18: via Latin from Greek: spice
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Word Origin and History for aroma

early 13c., "fragrant substance," from Latin aroma "sweet odor," from Greek aroma "seasoning, any spice or sweet herb," of unknown origin. Meaning "fragrance" is from 1814. A hypercorrect plural is aromata.

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