Aroma is the word for a fragrant scent, one that pleases the nose in a way that makes you lick your lips. Unlike its foul-smelling cousin the odor, an aroma smells but never stinks.

Want to know what aromas smell like? Brew a fresh pot of coffee, grill some onions, and fry up a few strips of bacon. Aromas make you drool. You can also use the word to describe things that don't literally smell, yet somehow seem to linger smell-like in the air, like the oppressive aroma of a brutal dictatorship.

Definitions of aroma
  1. noun
    any property detected by the olfactory system
    synonyms: odor, odour, olfactory property, scent, smell
    see moresee less
    show 6 types...
    hide 6 types...
    bouquet, fragrance, fragrancy, redolence, sweetness
    a pleasingly sweet olfactory property
    fetidness, foulness, malodorousness, rankness, stinkiness
    the attribute of having a strong offensive smell
    having the olfactory properties of musk
    the property of being rancid
    a pungent and distinctive odor
    B.O., body odor, body odour
    malodorousness resulting from a failure to bathe
    type of:
    a basic or essential attribute shared by all members of a class
  2. noun
    a distinctive odor that is pleasant
    synonyms: fragrance, perfume, scent
    see moresee less
    the pleasing scent produced when incense is burned
    a pleasant, earthly smell associated with rain, especially after a period of dry, warm weather
    type of:
    odor, odour, olfactory perception, olfactory sensation, smell
    the sensation that results when olfactory receptors in the nose are stimulated by particular chemicals in gaseous form
Word Family

Look up aroma for the last time

Close your vocabulary gaps with personalized learning that focuses on teaching the words you need to know.

VocabTrainer -'s Vocabulary Trainer