af·​ter·​taste | \ -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.

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The oil also lends a lingering, pleasantly bitter aftertaste that is akin to hops, but definitely different. Jess Fleming, Twin Cities, "Finnegans’ hemp oil beer is the first of its kind in Minnesota — and it’s good," 25 June 2019 The cheese has a satiny texture, an earthy bouquet and a mild flavor with a distinctive goaty aftertaste. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "Farm to Cheese Board," 2 July 2018 Another pro: Users report there is little to no aftertaste, a problem with products like Stevia. Grace Dickinson,, "Beyond bugs: 12 unique (and strange) ingredients at Mom's Organic Market and what to do with them," 16 May 2018 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

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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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English Language Learners Definition of aftertaste

: a taste that remains after something is eaten or drunk


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

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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