af·​ter·​taste | \ ˈaf-tər-ˌtāst How to pronounce aftertaste (audio) \

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.
Recent Examples on the Web The aftertaste of a voguish feminism, one that casts all women as misunderstood saviors, lingers. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, 13 June 2022 His most searing jokes leave a satisfyingly sour aftertaste, like the bitters at the bottom of an unmixed drink. New York Times, 26 Apr. 2022 The Ottoman Empire left a bitter aftertaste in the kingdom after it was replaced by the Saudi ruling dynasty. Nic Robertson, CNN, 29 Apr. 2022 But there’s something here that lends the familiar proceedings a bittersweet aftertaste that lingers in the mind. Washington Post, 27 Apr. 2022 Gaslighting the cause, instrument, and lingering aftertaste of almost all disability bullying. Andrew Pulrang, Forbes, 25 Mar. 2022 But others wince, because no matter how sophisticated the storytelling or agreeable the politics, an icky aftertaste remains. Maurice Chammah, Longreads, 18 Mar. 2022 The herbal presence of Angostura Bitters and the orange twist allows for a refreshing flavor with a perfectly balanced and smooth aftertaste. Aly Walansky, Forbes, 14 Mar. 2022 It’s sweetened with stevia but doesn’t have any of that bitter, cloying aftertaste. Amanda Shapiro, Bon Appétit, 8 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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22 Jun 2022

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“Aftertaste.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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Medical Definition of aftertaste

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