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an odor arising from spices, plants, cooking, etc., especially an agreeable odor; fragrance.
(of wines and spirits) the odor or bouquet.
a pervasive characteristic or quality.
Contemporary Examples

The aroma of generations of wealth—not money, not people, but wealth—wafted through each room like a cloud of rare perfume.
Prada and Gucci Show Off Strong, Smart Sensuality at Milan Fall 2012 Fashion Shows Robin Givhan February 23, 2012

An aroma of chocolate permeates the Upper East Side at one point in Chronic City.
Stoned in Manhattan Jane Ciabattari October 18, 2009

In both of these examples, the winery was attempting to manipulate the wine’s aroma to make it more marketable.
The Great Wine Cover-up Keith Wallace August 17, 2009

At one point, they were peeling truffles, but there was no aroma.
Inside Spain’s Most Legendary Kitchen Katie Workman August 24, 2009

Take a long, deep whiff of that aroma and ladle it over your warm fettuccine.
How to Cook ‘Ghetto Gourmet’ The Daily Beast December 7, 2009

Historical Examples

Man is the creator of his own happiness; it is the aroma of a life lived in harmony with high ideals.
The Majesty of Calmness William George Jordan

The very name of Casanova had intoxicated her with its aroma of a thousand conquests.
Casanova’s Homecoming Arthur Schnitzler

In the calm, windless doldrums, he never came up on deck but what the aroma of whisky travelled with him.
The Viking Blood Frederick William Wallace

The coffee had undeniably an aroma that it had not had of past mornings.
The Trimming of Goosie James Hopper

The theory is that the old coffee furnishes body and strength, and the fresh coffee the aroma.
All About Coffee William H. Ukers

a distinctive usually pleasant smell, esp of spices, wines, and plants
a subtle pervasive quality or atmosphere

early 13c., “fragrant substance,” from Latin aroma “sweet odor,” from Greek aroma “seasoning, any spice or sweet herb,” of unknown origin. Meaning “fragrance” is from 1814. A hypercorrect plural is aromata.


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