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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web 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 The mansion also includes a private cinema, degustation and extensive outdoor terraces for complete and total privacy. Dana Givens, Robb Report, 12 July 2022 The latter is led by chef Sven Elverfeld of Aqua, a three-star Michelin restaurant at the Ritz Carlton, Wolfsburg, and offers a five-course degustation paired with fine wines and Champagne. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 7 Apr. 2022 At L’Espalier, the Back Bay restaurant that closed in 2018, chef Frank McClelland served a multicourse degustation of vegetables alongside the likes of lobster with truffles and roasted beef tenderloin., 17 July 2021 Skip brunch and embark on your own street food degustation tour here instead. Amy Louise Bailey, Travel + Leisure, 16 July 2021 Everest was one of the first Chicago restaurants to offer a degustation, or tasting menu, though a la carte options were always available. Phil Vettel,, 16 Oct. 2020 Equally memorable: enjoying a degustation menu on the Infinity Bar’s terrace or spending an afternoon learning about Greek wines during a private tasting. Tanvi Chheda, Travel + Leisure, 8 July 2020 See More

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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 26 Mar. 2023.

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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