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 flavor (audio) \

Definition of flavor (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to give or add flavor to

Other Words from flavor

Noun

flavorful \ ˈflā-​vər-​fəl How to pronounce flavor (audio) \ adjective
flavorfully \ ˈflā-​vər-​fə-​lē How to pronounce flavor (audio) \ adverb
flavorless \ ˈflā-​vər-​ləs How to pronounce flavor (audio) \ adjective
flavorsome \ ˈflā-​vər-​səm How to pronounce flavor (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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The specialty flavor is lemon-raspberry until Sept. 4, when pumpkin spice season is upon is. Susan Dunne, Hartford Courant, 4 Aug. 2022 If the zesty ginger flavor is too strong for you, ask for fewer pumps. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, 4 Aug. 2022 The flavor is mild and fruity, according to our tasters, with a hint of salt and a slight stevia aftertaste. Good Housekeeping, 1 Aug. 2022 After giving him a quick call, Haley learned that Mo's favorite flavor is chocolate. Tommy Mcardle, PEOPLE.com, 1 Aug. 2022 While the Green Dish might appear to be an ordinary salad at first glance, the flavor of the vegetable dish and the exquisite green sauce is extraordinary. Anna Mazurek, Chron, 22 July 2022 What flavor of Democrat are Maryland voters hankering for? Sam Janesch, Baltimore Sun, 18 July 2022 One popular flavor has been Strawberry Buzz, flavored with strawberries. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, 16 July 2022 The flavor is bold enough to make a statement in a range of dishes. Sylvio Martins, Bon Appétit, 14 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Serve with your choice of toppings, stirred into the congee to flavor it, or added on top, to be eaten between spoonfuls of porridge. G. Daniela Galarza, Washington Post, 19 May 2022 There is a noticeable grape must flavor from the Port casks, as well as spice notes of cinnamon and fresh ginger. Joseph V Micallef, Forbes, 5 May 2022 Get to Know the Vegan Stand-Ins To make vegan cheese at home, soak cashews overnight, blend them in your food processor, then flavor them with nutritional yeast and maybe even a touch of liquid smoke, says Vukovic. Outside Online, 7 July 2020 The region was a spice trade hub in the Middle Ages, when use of herbs and flowers to flavor food became commonplace. Silvia Marchetti, CNN, 26 Apr. 2022 Chili powder, cayenne and oregano help flavor this ground beef and kidney bean chili, which comes together pretty quickly (hence the name). Washington Post, 7 Feb. 2022 More baristas and bartenders are switching to housemade or artisan syrups to flavor their lattes and cocktails. Sarah Burchard, Forbes, 2 June 2022 It can be taken orally or used to flavor food and drinks. The Salt Lake Tribune, 19 May 2022 Farther north, the state of Punjab—whose curries are all the rage in Europe—utilizes a paste or masala of ginger, garlic, onion and tomatoes tempered with cumin to flavor its food. Misbaah Mansuri, Chron, 25 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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More Definitions for flavor

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 flavor (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 flavor (audio) \ adjective

flavor

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) \

Medical Definition of flavor (Entry 2 of 2)

: to give or add flavor to

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