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 But their decisions may create a bitter aftertaste that would be familiar to any black voter in the Jim Crow era. John Blake, CNN, "White Wisconsin voters got a crash course in Jim Crow, and Republicans may regret it," 13 Apr. 2020 More than any year in recent memory, 2019 began with a taste of what was to come — or at least a welcome aftertaste. Michael Russell | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Portland’s best new dishes of 2019," 21 Dec. 2019 This gimmick leaves a weird aftertaste, as if Making the Cut was designed to move inventory first and viewers a distant second. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "What to stream (and skip) on Netflix and Amazon Prime while home this weekend," 27 Mar. 2020 More problematically, director Abrahams leans so heavily into the gory violence (there's enough blood spatter to fuel a dozen horror films) that the proceedings take on an acrid aftertaste. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Clover': Film Review," 11 Mar. 2020 The white meat had a faint aftertaste; the dark meat was just fine, though. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A field guide to Milwaukee-area rotisserie chickens, ranging from $4.50 to a $40 meal," 10 Mar. 2020 My favorite was the Tickled Pink, which tastes floral and easy but had a strong aftertaste. Briana Rice,, "Ghost Baby: Here's what you should know about Over-the-Rhine's new underground bar," 6 Mar. 2020 This advice comes free of medicinal aftertaste or agitprop. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: ‘American Utopia’ Is David Byrne’s Neighborhood," 20 Oct. 2019 Its faux-riot-grrl moxie still leaves a metallic aftertaste. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Birds of Prey Is a Candy-Colored Joy Ride, But Its Pleasures Ring Hollow," 5 Feb. 2020

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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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The first known use of aftertaste was in 1592

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10 May 2020

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“Aftertaste.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of aftertaste

: a taste that remains after something is eaten or drunk


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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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