flavor

noun
fla·​vor | \ ˈflā-vər How to pronounce flavor (audio) \

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.
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 How to pronounce flavoring (audio) \

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 How to pronounce flavorful (audio) \ adjective
flavorfully \ ˈflā-​vər-​fə-​lē How to pronounce flavorfully (audio) \ adverb
flavorless \ ˈflā-​vər-​ləs How to pronounce flavorless (audio) \ adjective
flavorsome \ ˈflā-​vər-​səm How to pronounce flavorsome (audio) \ 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

So many clients found us in the farmers’ market, many of which were Salvadorans who were really happy with the product and with the flavor. Karla T. Vasquez, SFChronicle.com, "How Salvadoran sausages came to the Bay Area," 7 June 2019 On tap: Box Car American pale ale, with notes of grapefruit, orange and pine; Golden Spike, a double India pale ale punched with tropical pineapple flavors; and Life on the Rind, a watermelon and lime kettle sour ale infused with vanilla bean. Phillip Valys, sun-sentinel.com, "Warehouse District: How West Palm Beach’s newest nightlife village found suds, spirits and ‘soul’," 6 June 2019 With flavors as varied as chocolate chip and birthday cake? Joyce Chen, refinery29.com, "The Bachelorette Season 15, Episode 4 Recap: This Is The Luke P. Show Now," 5 June 2019 The difference between appropriation and appreciation [when] cooking with flavors that are not from your region or background is humility. Nicole Y. Chung, Washington Post, "To tell a story of immigrants, Lillian Li turned to a world she knows well: Chinese restaurants," 4 June 2019 The base is a Belgian Gin that pays tribute to Magritte's country of origin, mixed with the surprisingly fruity flavors of Blue Curaçao, which gives it that Kate Middleton–sapphire color, and the mystic aromas of smoky Islay whisky. Charles Curkin, ELLE Decor, "The Color of Kate Middleton's Wedding Ring, This Cocktail Will Be the Drink of Summer," 30 Apr. 2019 Some of the products are spin-offs on popular Trader Joe’s products, while others a new items packed with delicious flavor. Sophia Caraballo, Woman's Day, "Trader Joe's Is Releasing 7 New Products for Spring and Summer," 9 Apr. 2019 Aged gouda, browned butter and toasted sunflower seeds complement the nutty flavor. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "A Risotto Recipe That Never Fails," 17 May 2019 Sip it slowly and let the flavors tantalize your palate. Mark Zeigler, sandiegouniontribune.com, "The World Cup works fine with 32 teams, but FIFA is about to ruin it," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Last month, Blake's Hard Cider released Traffic Jam, a semi-sweet cider flavored with strawberries, raspberries and blackberries. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, "Traffic Jam and Snug suing Blake's Hard Cider over drink name," 4 June 2019 Step 5: The rest of the ethanol is stored with no regard to flavor. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "How To Make Gasoline From Tea," 15 May 2019 The Bottom Line Ginger can be a delicious way to flavor any anti-inflammatory diet plan. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "8 Surprising Health Benefits of Ginger You Need to Know About," 19 Nov. 2018 The local meats, fish, and seafood are all cooked to order here, and the kitchen uses different types of wood to flavor the food, from apple, cherry, and chestnut to wood-salvaged from aged wine barrels. Sophie Davies, Condé Nast Traveler, "29 Best Restaurants in Sydney," 14 Mar. 2018 It's flavored with garlic and Meyer lemon and tastes delicious drizzled on salads or over vegetables. Allure, "12 CBD Tinctures, Gummies, and Drinks That Help Calm Anxiety," 23 Oct. 2018 Stay conscious of added sugar, which is often used to add flavor to low or nonfat dairy products (e.g., flavored milk, sweetened yogurt, and lower-sodium cheese). Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "How Much Sodium You Can Eat Every Day, According to a Nutritionist," 8 Apr. 2019 As for varieties, the fruit range from dark, richly flavored Brooks to sweet Rainier cherries, as well as Early Burlat, Tulare and Flavor Giant. Noelle Carter, latimes.com, "Pies, tarts, tacos and more great recipes using cherries, now in season," 18 May 2018 Rose Raspberry Ginger Macaron Rose flavored macaron shells filled with raspberry jam and infused with ginger. Micaela English, Town & Country, "The Prettiest New Offerings From Ladurée," 14 Jan. 2015

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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 How to pronounce flavor (audio) \

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 How to pronounce flavour (audio) \

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

Medical Definition of flavor (Entry 2 of 2)

: to give or add flavor to

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