[ ar-uh-mat-ik ]
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  1. having an aroma; fragrant or sweet-scented; odoriferous.

  2. Chemistry. of or relating to an aromatic compound or compounds.

  1. a plant, drug, or medicine yielding a fragrant aroma, as sage or certain spices and oils.

Origin of aromatic

1325–75; Middle English aromatyk (<Middle French ) <Late Latin arōmaticus<Greek arōmatikós.See aroma, -ic

Other words from aromatic

  • ar·o·mat·i·cal·ly, adverb
  • ar·o·mat·ic·ness, noun
  • non·ar·o·mat·ic, adjective
  • non·ar·o·mat·i·cal·ly, adverb
  • un·ar·o·mat·ic, adjective
  • un·ar·o·mat·i·cal·ly, adverb

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How to use aromatic in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for aromatic


/ (ˌærəˈmætɪk) /

  1. having a distinctive, usually fragrant smell

  2. (of an organic compound) having an unsaturated ring containing alternating double and single bonds, esp containing a benzene ring; exhibiting aromaticity: Compare aliphatic

  1. something, such as a plant or drug, giving off a fragrant smell

Derived forms of aromatic

  • aromatically, adverb

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Scientific definitions for aromatic


[ ăr′ə-mătĭk ]

  1. Relating to an organic compound containing at least one benzene ring or similar ring-shaped component. Naphthalene and TNT are aromatic compounds. Compare aliphatic.

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