de·​gus·​ta·​tion ˌdē-ˌgə-ˈstā-shən How to pronounce degustation (audio)
: the action or an instance of tasting especially in a series of small portions
degust transitive verb

Examples of degustation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Jervois Steak House This renowned Auckland restaurant recently opened within the confines of the glossy Sofitel Queenstown, serving its signature steaks along with a variety of seafood options and a six-course degustation menu. Amy Louise Bailey, Travel + Leisure, 30 Oct. 2023 La Reserve is comparable in style, with sleek design framing knockout ocean views—but with the vibe of a high-end wellness retreat, where degustation dinners can be plant-based, and guests can embark on full resets with mind and body bootcamps. Amy Louise Bailey, Condé Nast Traveler, 27 Sep. 2023 Then bring your earthy treasures back to the hotel, where the chef of Dry Creek Kitchen will prepare a special course with your very own mushrooms as part of the four-course degustation. Krista Simmons, Sunset Magazine, 24 July 2023 Instead, multiple factors are making degustation less mainstream. Jeremy Repanich, Robb Report, 17 June 2023 French nouvelle cuisine chefs, incorporating influences from Japanese kaiseki, popularized the degustation menu—a.k.a. Jeremy Repanich, Robb Report, 17 June 2023 This collaboration with the Hearst Museum at UC Berkeley is equal parts educational installation and degustation. Krista Simmons, Sunset Magazine, 6 Apr. 2023 Chilean sea bass at the elegant Restaurant; lobster thermidor at the poolside Grill, a conservatory-like cube with sweeping views; and a decadent degustation at La Dame with caviar, foie gras terrine and steak with wild mushrooms. Sarah Khan, Robb Report, 27 Dec. 2022 At the Warrakirri Dining Experience in Mudgee, 3.5 hours inland, epicureans can tuck into a five-course degustation menu centered on native ingredients and traditional cooking methods. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, 22 Feb. 2022

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Word History


French dégustation, from Latin degustation-, degustatio, from degustare to taste, from de- + gustare to taste — more at choose

First Known Use

circa 1656, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of degustation was circa 1656

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Cite this Entry

“Degustation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition


de·​gus·​ta·​tion ˌdē-ˌgəs-ˈtā-shən, di- How to pronounce degustation (audio)
: the action or an instance of tasting or savoring
degust transitive verb
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