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)

Synonyms for aroma

1. See perfume. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for aroma

Contemporary Examples of aroma

Historical Examples of aroma

  • 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.


    Emile Zola

  • The coffee had undeniably an aroma that it had not had of past mornings.

  • The aroma, borne on the morning breeze, had struck the Scarabus on awaking.

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


    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 for aroma

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper