aromatic[ar′ə mat′ik, er′-]
- The definition of aromatic is something with a scent, most often one that is pleasant.
An example of aromatic would be a word used to describe the newly cut fresh flowers in the kitchen vase.
- of or having an aroma; smelling sweet or spicy; fragrant or pungent
- Chem. of or designating certain cyclic compounds, including benzene, derivatives of benzene, and compounds containing one or more benzene rings: many of these derivatives and compounds have a recognizable odor
Origin of aromaticMiddle English aromatik ; from Old French aromatique ; from Late Latin aromaticus ; from Classical Greek arōmatikos ; from arōma, sweet spice
- Having an aroma; fragrant or sweet-smelling: aromatic herbs.
- Chemistry Of, relating to, or containing one or more molecular ring structures having properties of stability and reactivity characteristic of benzene.
- An aromatic plant or substance, such as a medication.
- Chemistry An aromatic organic compound.
The organic compound naphthalene is composed of two fused benzene rings.
(comparative more aromatic, superlative most aromatic)
From Middle French aromatique, from Ancient Greek ἄρωμα (arōma, “seasoning, spicy and/or fragrant smell”).