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

n any property detected by the olfactory system

odor, odour, olfactory property, scent, smell
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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
B.O., body odor, body odour
malodorousness resulting from a failure to bathe
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a basic or essential attribute shared by all members of a class

n a distinctive odor that is pleasant

fragrance, perfume, scent
the pleasing scent produced when incense is burned
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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

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