aroma

[uh-roh-muh]

noun

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.
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British Dictionary definitions for aroma

aroma

noun

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
n.

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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