General English

  • noun a pleasant smell of something you can eat or drink


  • The pleasant fragrance of food caused by a complex mixture of volatile chemicals released during, or produced by, the cooking process, but lost by evaporation and steam distillation; hence the necessity for careful control of the time and temperature of the cooking process. The aroma of food has important effects on both the feeling of well-being and on the digestive system.


  • the smell of a wine, normally the smell of the grapes within the wine or the effects of fermentation of a wine. Sometimes, aroma and bouquet are used interchangeably, but strictly the bouquet represents the smells due to the effects of the wine maturing.