adjective ar·o·mat·ic \ˌa-rə-ˈma-tik, ˌer-ə-\

: having a noticeable and pleasant smell

Full Definition of AROMATIC

:  of, relating to, or having aroma:
a :  fragrant
b :  having a strong smell
c :  having a distinctive quality
of an organic compound :  characterized by increased chemical stability resulting from the delocalization of electrons in a ring system (as benzene) containing usually multiple conjugated double bonds — compare alicyclic, aliphatic
ar·o·mat·i·cal·ly \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
aro·ma·tic·i·ty \ˌa-rə-mə-ˈti-sə-tē, ˌer-ə-, ə-ˌrō-mə-\ noun

First Known Use of AROMATIC

14th century

Synonym Discussion of AROMATIC

odorous, fragrant, redolent, aromatic mean emitting and diffusing scent. odorous applies to whatever has a strong distinctive smell whether pleasant or unpleasant <odorous cheeses should be tightly wrapped>. fragrant applies to things (as flowers or spices) with sweet or agreeable odors <a fragrant rose>. redolent applies usually to a place or thing impregnated with odors <the kitchen was redolent of garlic and tomatoes>. aromatic applies to things emitting pungent often fresh odors <an aromatic blend of tobaccos>.



Definition of AROMATIC

:  an aromatic plant or plant part; especially :  an aromatic herb or spice
:  an aromatic organic compound

First Known Use of AROMATIC

15th century

Other Botany Terms

annual, burgeon, chloroplast, nomenclature, succulent, sylvan, xylem
AROMATIC Defined for Kids


adjective ar·o·mat·ic \ˌer-ə-ˈma-tik\

Definition of AROMATIC for Kids

:  of, relating to, or having a noticeable and pleasant smell <aromatic spices>
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