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

The researchers also speculate on future improvements for their own flavor of qubit. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Qubits kept together by shouting at them with microwaves," 5 Oct. 2018 This quick and easy sausage dinner gets its flavor from fresh Pink Lady apples and a big splash of apple cider. Kate Merker, Country Living, "Seared Sausage with Cabbage and Pink Lady Apples," 21 Sep. 2018 In 2009, the Food and Drug Administration banned all flavors except menthol in combustible cigarettes. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Lawmakers are trying to regulate e-cigarette flavors," 1 Aug. 2018 The website features recipes for all vodka flavors. Kellie Hwang, azcentral, "World Cup is in Russia? Get your vodka fix at 10 Phoenix distilleries," 19 June 2018 Thanks to a partnership with Target, stores nationwide will be selling all seven flavors at $5 per pint. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Museum of Ice Cream Wants to Be in Every State in the U.S.," 5 June 2018 Highlights include bug collecting, interactive insect arts and crafts, along with cooked mealworm larvae in various flavors including mesquite, teriyaki and barbecue. Linda Mcintosh, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Lions Club member receives fellowship award ...community news," 14 July 2018 Potato Corner offers fries original, loopy, waffled sweet potato, chili-cheese and more, in flavors such as BBQ, cheddar, sour cream & onion and more. Robert Philpot, star-telegram, "Friday is Fry Day — National French Fry Day, that is. Here are a few faves.," 13 July 2018 With vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options that incorporate seasonal produce and nutrient-dense ingredients, customers can experience a menu that is both health-conscious and satisfying without sacrificing flavor or creativity. Joelle Goldstein, The Hollywood Reporter, "Oprah Winfrey Invests in Healthy Restaurant Chain True Food Kitchen," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Seafood stock from Kitchen Basics proves reliable, nicely flavored and moderately salted. Jeanmarie Brownson, chicagotribune.com, "2 do-ahead fish soup bases make for easy dinner parties — just add garnishes at the end," 6 Feb. 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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