acquired taste


Definition of acquired taste

: something or someone that is not easily or immediately liked or appreciated

Examples of acquired taste in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Wings and burgers have become such an integral part of American cuisine that many would argue for their inherent value, rather than see them as acquired tastes by virtue of their abundance. Liz Specht, WIRED, "Alt-Meat Trounces Animal Meat's Massive Inefficiencies," 19 Aug. 2019 There are acquired tastes, and then there’s Marmite. Zahra Pettican, Bon Appetit, "11 Positively British Snacks to Order Online Before the Royal Wedding," 8 May 2018 The Lips have graduated from acquired taste to legit big-time band, and the live shows are always something to see, in case the above picture hadn’t already clued you in to the band’s visual majesty. Kevin Williams,, "Flaming Lips part of a tasty, noisy early Taste of Chicago peek," 1 May 2018

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First Known Use of acquired taste

circa 1792, in the meaning defined above

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“Acquired taste.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Aug. 2020.

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