af·ter·taste | \-ˌtāst \

Definition of aftertaste 

: persistence of a sensation (as of flavor or an emotion) after the stimulating agent or experience has gone

Examples of aftertaste in a Sentence

The wine has a smooth aftertaste.

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This hybrid scone-soda bread has a dense, cake-like texture and unpleasant licorice aftertaste from a heavy hand of caraway seeds. Alex Beggs, Bon Appetit, "6 New Trader Joe's Products, Plus Something Called a ‘Blarney Scone,‘ Reviewed," 14 Mar. 2018 For seven months, Kevin Zehner’s memories of his acclaimed Kingsway career carried a sour aftertaste. Ben Pope,, "For Towson-bound Kevin Zehner, Taliaferro all-star game a sweet sendoff," 28 June 2018 One tester identified the Show Mead's aftertaste as being similar to the taste of Natty Light. Olivia Harrison,, "We Tried Dylan Sprouse's New Mead — & We Feel Very Conflicted About It," 22 June 2018 The tamer sweet sauce lays on a molasseslike aftertaste that sticks to the tongue like an adhesive bandage. Chuck Blount, San Antonio Express-News, "52 Weeks of BBQ: True Texas BBQ," 25 May 2018 And there’s a lingering aftertaste that mimics dill pickle potato chips, but this isn’t the flavor suicide so many people on social media predicted. Robert Morast, Houston Chronicle, "Sonic’s new slush won’t put you in a pickle," 20 June 2018 The Necco Wafer is candy people love to hate, triggering happy childhood memories for some while leaving little more than a chalky aftertaste for others. Lillian Rizzo, WSJ, "Maker of Necco Wafers Finds New Owner in Sweetheart Deal," 1 June 2018 While having an amber coloring, the Red Pale Ale is light in the mouth, but does have a slight hop aftertaste. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Live coverage at Summerfest 2017," 28 June 2017 The third tea has fragrant aftertastes to encourage the drinker to reflect on both life's ups and downs and be grateful for the present. Mei Zhang, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to China," 5 Oct. 2016

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First Known Use of aftertaste

1592, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for aftertaste

after- + taste entry 2

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English Language Learners Definition of aftertaste

: a taste that remains after something is eaten or drunk


af·ter·taste | \-ˌtāst \

Medical Definition of aftertaste 

: persistence of a sensation (as of flavor or an emotion) after the stimulating agent or experience has gone

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