noun pal·ate \ˈpa-lət\

: the top part of the inside of your mouth : the roof of your mouth

: the sense of taste

Full Definition of PALATE

:  the roof of the mouth separating the mouth from the nasal cavity
a :  a usually intellectual taste or liking <too ornate for my palate>
b :  the sense of taste

Examples of PALATE

  1. The restaurant serves Korean food adapted for the American palate.
  2. She's been working hard on a menu that will please the palates of all her guests.

Origin of PALATE

Middle English, from Latin palatum
First Known Use: 14th century

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PALATE Defined for Kids


noun pal·ate \ˈpa-lət\

Definition of PALATE for Kids

:  the top area of the inside of the mouth made up of a bony front part (hard palate) and a soft flexible back part (soft palate)
:  the sense of taste <This is too spicy for my palate.>
Medical Dictionary


noun pal·ate \ˈpal-ət\

Medical Definition of PALATE

:  the roof of the mouth separating the mouth from the nasal cavity—see hard palate, soft palate

Illustration of PALATE


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