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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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  • Man is the creator of his own happiness; it is the aroma of a life lived in harmony with high ideals.

    The Majesty of Calmness William George Jordan
  • Lethbridge will have money to burn if he likes the aroma of the smoke.

    Iole Robert W. Chambers
  • In the calm, windless doldrums, he never came up on deck but what the aroma of whisky travelled with him.

    The Viking Blood Frederick William Wallace
  • As a result the aroma of their villages is a thing not soon forgotten.

    Where the Strange Trails Go Down E. Alexander Powell
  • The theory is that the old coffee furnishes body and strength, and the fresh coffee the aroma.

    All About Coffee William H. Ukers
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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