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Syllabification: a·ro·ma
Pronunciation: /əˈrōmə

Definition of aroma in English:


1A distinctive, typically pleasant smell: the tantalizing aroma of fresh coffee
More example sentences
  • The aroma of the fresh coffee could be smelled half way down the street, says Muriel.
  • The air smelled of cotton candy and popcorn, the fresh and tantalizing aromas of childhood.
  • It was stuffed with something soft that rustled and smelt pleasant: a potpourri aroma.
1.1A subtle, pervasive quality or atmosphere of a particular type: the aroma of officialdom
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  • It is an era of, an aroma of, an aura of some mesmerizing music performance.
  • Police checked the area, finding only the usual ambient aroma of free-floating malaise.


Middle English (usually in the plural denoting fragrant plants or spices): via Latin from Greek arōma 'spice'.

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