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palatable

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adjective pal·at·able \ˈpa-lə-tə-bəl\

Simple Definition of palatable

  • : having a pleasant or agreeable taste

  • : pleasant or acceptable to someone

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of palatable

  1. 1 :  agreeable to the palate or taste

  2. 2 :  agreeable or acceptable to the mind

palatability play \ˌpa-lə-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
palatableness noun
palatably play \ˈpa-lə-tə-blē\ adverb

Examples of palatable in a sentence

  1. a less than palatable beer

  2. <I did not find the idea of moving again very palatable.>



Did You Know?

Palatable comes from "palate," a Latin-derived word for the roof of the mouth. The palate was once thought of as the seat of the sense of taste, so the word eventually came to mean "sense of taste," or broadly, "liking." "Palatable" has been used in English to refer to palate-pleasing foods since 1664, but it isn't our only - or our oldest - adjective for agreeable tastes. "Savory" dates from the 13th century. "Toothsome" has been around since 1551. "Tasty" was first used back in 1603. And "appetizing" has been gracing culinary reviews since 1653.

1664

First Known Use of palatable

1664

Synonym Discussion of palatable

palatable, appetizing, savory, tasty, toothsome mean agreeable or pleasant especially to the sense of taste. palatable often applies to something that is found to be merely agreeable <butterflies that birds find palatable>. appetizing suggests a whetting of the appetite and applies to aroma and appearance as well as taste <appetizing hors d'oeuvres>. savory applies to both taste and aroma and suggests piquancy and often spiciness <dumplings with savory fillings>. tasty implies a pronounced taste <a tart and tasty pie>. toothsome stresses the notion of agreeableness and sometimes implies tenderness or daintiness <an enticing array of toothsome desserts>.

PALATABLE Defined for Kids

palatable

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adjective pal·at·able \ˈpa-lə-tə-bəl\

Definition of palatable for Students

  1. :  pleasant to the taste





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