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

Origin of aromatic

1325–75; Middle English aromatyk (< Middle French) < Late Latin arōmaticus < Greek arōmatikós. See aroma, -ic
Related formsar·o·mat·i·cal·ly, adverbar·o·mat·ic·ness, nounnon·ar·o·mat·ic, adjectivenon·ar·o·mat·i·cal·ly, adverbun·ar·o·mat·ic, adjectiveun·ar·o·mat·i·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for non-aromatic


  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 aromaticityCompare aliphatic
  1. something, such as a plant or drug, giving off a fragrant smell
Derived Formsaromatically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for non-aromatic



c.1400, aromatyk, from Middle French aromatique (14c.), from Latin aromaticus, from Greek aromatikos, from aroma (genitive aromatos) "seasoning, sweet spice," of unknown origin.

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non-aromatic in Medicine


  1. Having an agreeable, somewhat pungent, spicy odor.
  2. Of, relating to, or containing one or more six-carbon rings characteristic of the benzene series and related organic groups.
  1. Any of a group of vegetable-derived drugs having a fragrant odor and slight stimulative properties.
  2. An aromatic organic compound.
Related formsar′o•mati•cal•ly adv.
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non-aromatic in Science


  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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