noun fore·taste \ˈfr-ˌtāst\

: a small or short experience of something that will not be fully experienced until later

Full Definition of FORETASTE

:  a small anticipatory sample
:  an advance indication or warning

Examples of FORETASTE

  1. These layoffs are only a foretaste of what's to come.

First Known Use of FORETASTE

15th century

Synonym Discussion of FORETASTE

prospect, outlook, anticipation, foretaste mean an advance realization of something to come. prospect implies expectation of a particular event, condition, or development of definite interest or concern <the prospect of a quiet weekend>. outlook suggests a forecasting of the future <a favorable outlook for the economy>. anticipation implies a prospect or outlook that involves advance suffering or enjoyment of what is foreseen <the anticipation of her arrival>. foretaste implies an actual though brief or partial experience of something forthcoming <the frost was a foretaste of winter>.


verb fore·taste \fr-ˈtāst, ˈfr-ˌ\

Definition of FORETASTE

transitive verb
:  to taste beforehand :  anticipate

First Known Use of FORETASTE

15th century


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