Adjective "aromatic" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Having a pleasant and distinctive smell.
  1. 'I return, solo, to my villa to find it dimmed, lit with tiny candles and aromatic oil lamps, a bottle of chilled wine waiting and massage oils just beside my bed whose satin sheets are awash with blossoms.'
  2. 'Baghel's pretty wife, Savitri, prepared an aromatic curry of coriander leaves, onions and potatoes.'
  3. 'They used wonderful aromatic oils and could make you warm from head to toe by exerting pressure on just the right bones and muscles for a short time.'
  4. 'She opened the door and was greeted with an aromatic smell.'
  5. 'Tobacco is a sweet smelling product of the aromatic leaves of the Nicotina plant, but contains carcinogenic and highly addictive substances like nicotine, tar and benzene.'
  6. 'It was a beautiful evening on the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico in February 2003 and the aromatic smell of a barbecue was still lingering in the warm night air.'
  7. 'This handsome plant has striking blue flowers in a spike on the stem and pleasantly aromatic leaves when crushed.'
  8. 'You can buy small bottles of aromatic oils from speciality shops.'
  9. 'Besides the aromatic oils and dried flowers, the shop sells rarer products such as seeds and bonsai.'
  10. 'Gardens smell different now, the pungency of aromatic foliage becomes more prominent with less competition from perfumed flowers.'
Relating to or denoting organic compounds containing a planar unsaturated ring of atoms which is stabilized by an interaction of the bonds forming the ring, e.g. benzene and its derivatives.
  1. 'The aromatic aldehydes have a benzene or phenyl ring connected to the aldehyde group.'
  2. 'Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons are a class of organic compounds having two or more fused aromatic ring structures each based on the structure of benzene.'
  3. 'However, after isomerization, the planarity is lost, presumably due to intermolecular effects as well as steric hindrance between the carbonyl oxygen and the aromatic ring atoms.'


A substance or plant emitting a pleasant and distinctive smell.
  1. 'The dals, made from legumes like lentils or chickpeas, cooked as a stew flavored with aromatics and spices, are perhaps familiar to most of us who visit Indian restaurants.'
  2. 'In the French kitchen, favoured aromatics are garlic, rosemary, and juniper berries; some regional dishes combine pork with apples or prunes.'
  3. 'Toss the vegetables around gently in the sauce and aromatics, then serve with the coriander rice.'
  4. 'The Spice Project wants to develop a visitor, education and shopping centre there with spices, herbs and aromatics as its theme.'
  5. 'I recently ordered the chicken roti, a thin wrap not dissimilar to a flour tortilla but flakier, stuffed to bursting with a spicy blend of chicken, vegetables and aromatics.'
  6. 'Contrary to what many believe, delicious rice can be done in just minutes by simply sautéing a few aromatics, like peppers, onions and garlic, adding to rice with some chicken or vegetable stock and simmering until it's cooked.'
  7. 'The ingredients, spices, and aromatics are placed in the tagine with a mere spoonful of water.'
  8. 'Some recipes call for an actual agrodolce sauce, made by reducing wine vinegar and sugar and a few aromatics such a bay leaves, garlic, onion and herbs.'
  9. 'If you want the cider to also deter insects, gently steep some tomato leaves therein along with other strong aromatics like cedar.'
  10. 'Once seared, the shells remain in the pan to simmer gently with stock, aromatics, brandy, and rice; all the while, the broth absorbs these same complex notes of the crustacean.'
An aromatic compound.
  1. 'The three major classes are aliphatics, alicyclics, and aromatics.'
  2. 'The female urine markers consist of more than 100 compounds, a much more complex mixture than the male glandular scents, which are mainly fatty acids and aromatics.'
  3. 'Unlike hydrocarbon based aromatics, which react most readily with electrophiles, perfluoro-aromatics and heterocyclic ring systems react better with nucleophiles.'


1. having an aroma; fragrant or sweet-scented; odoriferous.

2. Chemistry. of or relating to an aromatic compound or compounds. noun

3. a plant, drug, or medicine yielding a fragrant aroma, as sage or certain spices and oils.

4. aromatic compound.

More examples(as adjective)

"airs can be aromatic with smells."

"naphthas can be aromatic."

"plants can be aromatic."

"herbs can be aromatic."

"oils can be aromatic."

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Late Middle English: via Old French from late Latin aromaticus, from Greek arōmatikos, from arōma (see aroma).