flavor

1 of 2

noun

fla·​vor ˈflā-vər How to pronounce flavor (audio)
1
a
archaic : odor, fragrance
b
: the quality of something that affects the sense of taste
c
: the blend of taste and smell sensations evoked by a substance in the mouth
the flavor of apples
2
: a substance that flavors
artificial flavors
3
a
: characteristic or predominant quality
the ethnic flavor of a neighborhood
b
: a distinctive appealing or enlivening quality
Her performance adds flavor to the show.
4
b
: a property that distinguishes different types of elementary particles (such as quarks or neutrinos)
also : any of the different types of particles that are distinguished by flavor
5
: version sense 2
flavors of software
6
: one that is in the center of public attention for a limited time
usually used in phrases like flavor of the month
flavorful adjective
flavorfully adverb
flavorless adjective
flavorsome adjective

flavor

2 of 2

verb

flavored; flavoring ˈflā-v(ə-)riŋ How to pronounce flavor (audio)

transitive verb

: to give or add flavor to

Examples of flavor in a Sentence

Noun This dish has an unusual flavor. the hot, spicy flavors of Mexican food a dish with unusual flavor They sell 20 different flavors of ice cream. Grape is my favorite bubble gum flavor. The stew is full of flavor. She added vanilla flavor to the custard. I like the Italian flavor of the neighborhood. The film has an avant-garde flavor. Her performance adds flavor to the show. Verb We flavored the cookies with cinnamon. I flavored the salad with herbs.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
West Magnolia Avenue is getting a new taco restaurant and bar, but the flavors will be familiar. Bud Kennedy, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 11 Apr. 2024 Squeeze an orange wedge into the glass and rub the orange peel around the rim for extra flavor. Michelle Darrisaw, Southern Living, 11 Apr. 2024 Every dish is a mandate of contrasting textures and flavors, and to that end many of those components needed to be combined at the very last minute. Brock Keeling, Orange County Register, 11 Apr. 2024 The structural presentation was exactly the same for both, but Danny’s green dish with scallop mousse and zucchini played with mild flavors while Rasika’s red take with daal quenelle, pickled beets and rasma sauce — an homage to her Tamil heritage — carried balanced depth and spice. Rachel Bernhard, Journal Sentinel, 10 Apr. 2024 To give a glass of water an appealing flavor, drop in some frozen fruit (especially the kind that releases juice, like pineapple, strawberries, and mango). Perri Ormont Blumberg, TIME, 9 Apr. 2024 Allowing these wines to breathe, or aerate, softens the tannins and improves their flavor. Tiffany Hopkins, Bon Appétit, 8 Apr. 2024 The Turkish hazelnut latte is a super sweet drink with lots of hazelnut and an after taste of pepper and menthol flavors from the cardamom inside the coffee. Carlos Rico, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Apr. 2024 Stir-Fried Beef With Ginger and Scallions Fish sauce and honey add complex sweet and salty flavor to this quick beef stir-fry. Aaron Hutcherson, Washington Post, 8 Apr. 2024
Verb
Get The Recipe 11 of 50 Peach Margarita A frozen margarita flavored with summer peaches makes for a nice sunset drink. Mary Shannon Wells, Southern Living, 11 Apr. 2024 In this fresh, easy spread, the chile-herb sauce serves as both a dip and a swirl-in for flavoring hummus. Kara Peeler, Sunset Magazine, 11 Apr. 2024 Its offerings will include macarons, cookies, brownies, bars, mini-cakes and layered desserts, with scones, cinnamon rolls and flavored butters during its morning hours. Jessica Rodriguez, Journal Sentinel, 11 Apr. 2024 They are flavored with natural flavorings and contain no artificial colors. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 3 Apr. 2024 Already ahead of April Fools' Day, 7-Eleven has hinted at a possible prank product: In addition to new Lemon Lime, Green Apple and Sweet Orange flavored 7-Select sparkling waters, out now with partner Miracle Seltzer, there's a fourth flavor coming April 1: Big Bite Hot Dog. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, 1 Apr. 2024 Geiger says that even nondairy options can add up to 12 grams of protein per one half-cup serving and won’t be nearly as powerfully flavored as its cheesier counterpart. Audrey Bruno, SELF, 1 Apr. 2024 The out-of-this-world slushy is flavored with cotton candy and dragon fruit and topped with white soft serve and blue and purple galaxy sprinkles. Brandee Gruener, Southern Living, 29 Mar. 2024 Over the years, the tobacco industry has gradually introduced more and more products flavored and packaged like sweet treats. Jacob Stern, The Atlantic, 29 Mar. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English flavour, modification of Anglo-French flaur, flour, from Vulgar Latin *flator, alteration of Latin flatus breath, act of blowing — more at flatulent

First Known Use

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1542, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of flavor was in the 14th century

Dictionary Entries Near flavor

Cite this Entry

“Flavor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flavor. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

flavor

noun
fla·​vor
ˈflā-vər
1
a
: the quality of something that affects the sense of taste : savor
b
: the blend of taste and smell sensations caused by a substance in the mouth
2
: a substance added to food or drink to give it a desired taste
3
: characteristic or most noticeable quality
flavor verb
flavored
-vərd
adjective
flavorful
-vər-fəl
adjective
flavorless
-ləs
adjective

Medical Definition

flavor

1 of 2 noun
fla·​vor
variants or chiefly British flavour
1
a
: the quality of something that affects the sense of taste
condiments give flavor to food
b
: the blend of taste and smell sensations evoked by a substance in the mouth
the flavor of ripe fruit
2
: a substance that flavors
flavored adjective
or chiefly British flavoured

flavor

2 of 2 transitive verb
variants or chiefly British flavour
flavored or chiefly British flavoured; flavoring or chiefly British flavouring ˈflāv-(ə-)riŋ How to pronounce flavor (audio)
: to give or add flavor to

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