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

That was just the barest flavor of 174 years of Scientific American—come and feast yourself on the full archive. Scientific American, "Welcome to Scientific American Unlimited," 28 Aug. 2019 The moderate 6-mile loop hike samples several flavors of the urban trail system. Mare Czinar, azcentral, "Everything's connected: Flagstaff's urban trails lead to Arizona Trail, national forest," 28 Aug. 2019 But the town is also home to a thriving arts scene, miles of outdoor trails and plenty of places to sip and savor the flavors of the region. Trisha Boyer, USA TODAY, "The SoCal beach towns you shouldn't miss between Los Angeles and San Diego," 27 Aug. 2019 Raber heads the Werc Shop, a Los Angeles company that mixes terpenes from lavender, oranges, black pepper, and other plants to mimic the flavor and scent of cannabis varieties. Carla K. Johnson, BostonGlobe.com, "How much pot in that brownie? Chocolate can throw off tests," 26 Aug. 2019 Raber heads the Werc Shop, a Los Angeles company that mixes terpenes from lavender, oranges, black pepper and other plants to mimic the flavor and scent of cannabis varieties. Author: Carla K. Johnson, Anchorage Daily News, "How much pot in that brownie? Chocolate can throw off tests," 26 Aug. 2019 Raber heads the Werc Shop, a Los Angeles company that mixes terpenes from lavender, oranges, black pepper and other plants to mimic the flavor and scent of cannabis varieties. NBC News, "How much pot in that brownie? Chocolate can throw off tests," 26 Aug. 2019 The menu showcases the international flavors of Houston as well as Kuch's family's Cambodian heritage, according to the release. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, "Former 'Top Chef: Just Desserts' contestant to open Koffeteria cafe and bakery in East downtown," 23 Aug. 2019 Two of the ramen bowls are crafted with the flavors of Mexico in mind, with ingredients such as corn, black beans and jalapeno showing up in these dishes and throughout the menu. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "Dragon King's Daughter New Albany's originality makes it shine over its Highlands sister," 14 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Black bass rests in a sauce flavored with saffron and fennel that conjures bouillabaisse; its smoothness summons a textbook bistro bisque. Los Angeles Times, "Review: At Bon Temps in Downtown L.A., the brilliant desserts are only the beginning," 29 Aug. 2019 No Bologna Coney: Italian mortadella pork sausage flavored with pistachios and Mancini’s pepper blend, served on a buttered and toasted split-top bun, and topped with mild muffuletta olive and pepper salad. Nancy Ngo, Twin Cities, "The new State Fair foods and where to find them," 20 Aug. 2019 Typically — but not exclusively — ratatouille consists of roughly equal amounts of eggplant, zucchini and bell pepper, flavored with onion, garlic and herbs. James P. Dewan, chicagotribune.com, "What to do with summer’s bounty of tomatoes, zucchini and more? Make ratatouille," 13 Aug. 2019 Unfortunately for Kulick, sago jelly, a delicacy the villagers proudly prepare for him, reminds him of phlegm flavored with furniture polish. Lucinda Robb, Washington Post, "As a language dies, who will mourn? Should anyone?," 9 Aug. 2019 Another favorite is the $3.45 Greentini, which, despite its name, is an alcohol-free serving of iced mango tea flavored with honey and cane sugar. Khanh T.l. Tran, The Hollywood Reporter, "Drink and Dish: Patton Oswalt's Comedy Dinner, Miley Cyrus-Approved Vegan Hot Spot," 30 July 2019 Lupin offers one base: a vegan shio broth flavored with sea salt, garlic and ginger oil. Lauren Saria, azcentral, "Why you need to try Mesa's build-your-own ramen restaurant — before it's gone," 29 July 2019 Bowls include tofu and rice vermicelli, sugarcane shrimp, goat curry flavored with coconut and lemongrass, and five-spice beef short ribs. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "Ambitious Bravery Chef Hall now open downtown," 24 July 2019 The franks are minimally processed and flavored with a handful of spices. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Smoked turkey franks keep processing to a minimum," 9 July 2019

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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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