Meaning of AROMATIC in English

I. ˌa-rə-ˈma-tik, ˌer-ə- adjective

Date: 14th century

1. : of, relating to, or having aroma:

a. : fragrant

b. : having a strong smell

c. : having a distinctive quality

2. of an organic compound : characterized by increased chemical stability resulting from the delocalization of electrons in a ring system (as benzene) containing usually multiple conjugated double bonds — compare alicyclic , aliphatic

Synonyms: see odorous

• ar·o·mat·i·cal·ly -ti-k(ə-)lē adverb

• aro·ma·tic·i·ty ˌa-rə-mə-ˈti-sə-tē, ˌer-ə-, ə-ˌrō-mə- noun

II. noun

Date: 15th century

1. : an aromatic plant or plant part ; especially : an aromatic herb or spice

2. : an aromatic organic compound

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