noun aro·ma \ə-ˈrō-mə\

: a noticeable and usually pleasant smell

Full Definition of AROMA

a :  a distinctive pervasive and usually pleasant or savory smell; broadly :  odor
b :  the odor of a wine imparted by the grapes from which it is made
:  a distinctive quality or atmosphere :  flavor <the aroma of enjoyment — Stella D. Gibbons>

Origin of AROMA

Middle English aromat spice, from Anglo-French, from Latin aromat-, aroma, from Greek arōmat-, arōma
First Known Use: 1796

Synonym Discussion of AROMA

smell, scent, odor, aroma mean the quality that makes a thing perceptible to the olfactory sense. smell implies solely the sensation without suggestion of quality or character <an odd smell permeated the room>. scent applies to the characteristic smell given off by a substance, an animal, or a plant <the scent of lilacs>. odor may imply a stronger or more readily distinguished scent or it may be equivalent to smell <a cheese with a strong odor>. aroma suggests a somewhat penetrating usually pleasant odor <the aroma of freshly ground coffee>.

Other Alcoholic Beverage Terms

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AROMA Defined for Kids


noun aro·ma \ə-ˈrō-mə\

Definition of AROMA for Kids

:  a noticeable and pleasant smell


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