flavor

noun
fla·​vor | \ˈflā-vər \

Definition of flavor 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a 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

3a : characteristic or predominant quality the ethnic flavor of a neighborhood

b : a distinctive appealing or enlivening quality Her performance adds flavor to the show.

4a : variety sense 3a

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

flavor

verb
flavored; flavoring\ˈflā-​v(ə-​)riŋ \

Definition of flavor (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to give or add flavor to

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Other Words from flavor

Noun

flavorful \ˈflā-​vər-​fəl \ adjective
flavorfully \ˈflā-​vər-​fə-​lē \ adverb
flavorless \ˈflā-​vər-​ləs \ adjective
flavorsome \ˈflā-​vər-​səm \ adjective

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Its sweet flavors, including mango and cucumber, are popular with middle-school and high-school students. Jennifer Maloney, WSJ, "Altria in Talks to Take Significant Minority Stake in Juul Labs," 28 Nov. 2018 As the liquid is heated, the protein and sugars react first to form a suite of new flavor compounds, some of which have a brownish color. Helen Czerski, WSJ, "The Sugary Coats of Holiday Apples," 15 Nov. 2018 Nicole Marnati, Courtesy Design Academy Eindhoven Taste is a complex sense: Over 11,000 aroma molecules help trigger flavors. Diana Budds, Curbed, "The most bizarre and brilliant projects from a Dutch design fair," 5 Nov. 2018 The shop is an outpost of Rococo's original location, and serves up unique flavors like Blueberry Chipotle and Sweet Avocado Cayenne. Lindsay Silberman, Town & Country, "The Perfect Weekend in Ogunquit, Maine," 24 Oct. 2018 The new line of keys include four flavors with varying USB styles and NFC capability for desktop and mobile devices. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Is This Finally the Beginning of the End for the Password?," 24 Sep. 2018 These bewitching brownies have a hint of espresso flavor and a cream cheese topping. Kate Merker, Country Living, "Black-Bottom Brownies," 21 Sep. 2018 The potential summer banger is peppered with New Orleans bounce flavor and Drake makes sure to pay homage to a couple of 504 legends by sampling Lil Wayne and the late Magnolia Shorty. Michael Saponara, Billboard, "Decoding All of Drake's References on 'In My Feelings'," 13 July 2018 But with plentiful access to flavor and seafood, the provincial style developed as one of the most prominent of the eight major Chinese cuisines. Casey Quackenbush / Hong Kong, Time, "'We're Not Educated.' The Untold Story of Lung King Heen, the World's First Michelin Three-Star Chinese Restaurant," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The coating for a candy apple is made from table sugar and corn syrup, flavored with cinnamon and colored with red food dye. Helen Czerski, WSJ, "The Sugary Coats of Holiday Apples," 15 Nov. 2018 The all-things-French-flavored fest fills Cathedral Square Park and its environs with music, vendors, beverages and, oh yeah, the food — from crepes to Cajun, and from tarte flambée to crème brûlée. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Things to do in Milwaukee this weekend, from Bastille Days and World Cup finale to historic Harleys," 12 July 2018 Placed under the roasting rack, this gives the exterior crust a great aroma without flavoring the meat itself. Francine Maroukian, Popular Mechanics, "The Two Ways To Cook Meat Perfectly Every Time," 18 Aug. 2017 It's flavored an entire decade, sloshed all your teams together into one blend of frustration. Dan Steinberg, chicagotribune.com, "Capitals could end the stupidest streak in sports tonight," 7 May 2018 Jew’s are coal-black from squid ink, stuffed with a loose, boldly flavored pork and squid mixture seasoned with Chinese chives. Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle, "Mister Jiu’s fulfills its vision with 3½ stars," 11 Apr. 2018 Drinks: The signature bloody mary is flavored with yuzu and wasabi and garnished with edamame and one of the meatballs from the River North restaurant's tan tan ramen. Samantha Nelson, RedEye Chicago, "Warm up with these 16 winter brunches in Chicago," 18 Jan. 2018 The beans are kettle-cooked, and they'll be flavored with bacon and brown sugar. Carly Breit, Country Living, "Chick-Fil-A Is Testing Family-Style Meals—And We Are Freaking Out," 18 July 2017 Chick-fil-A’s has eggs, salt, xanthan gum, citric acid, annatto and a butter flavoring with medium chain triglycerides, coconut oil and natural flavors. Ali Rosen, Bon Appetit, "Why Is There Dicalcium Phosphate In My Breakfast Sandwich?," 1 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of flavor

Noun

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

Verb

1542, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for flavor

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

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flavor

noun

English Language Learners Definition of flavor

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the quality of something that you can taste

: a particular type of taste

: a good or appealing taste

flavor

verb

English Language Learners Definition of flavor (Entry 2 of 2)

: to give or add flavor to (something)

flavor

noun
fla·​vor | \ˈflā-vər \

Kids Definition of flavor

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the quality of something that affects the sense of taste I like the spicy flavor of Indian food.

2 : a substance added to food to give it a desired taste artificial flavors

flavor

verb
flavored; flavoring

Kids Definition of flavor (Entry 2 of 2)

: to give or add something to produce a taste The chef flavored the sauce with peppers.

Other Words from flavor

flavored adjective

flavor

noun
fla·​vor
variants: or chiefly British flavour \ˈflā-​vər \

Medical Definition of flavor 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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

Other Words from flavor

flavored or chiefly British flavoured \-​vərd \ adjective
variants: or chiefly British flavour
flavored or chiefly British flavoured; flavoring or chiefly British flavouring\ˈflāv-​(ə-​)riŋ \

Medical Definition of flavor (Entry 2 of 2)

: to give or add flavor to

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