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.
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 festival’s final week promises works with a stronger Cuban flavor. Robert Greskovic, WSJ, "Fleet-Footed Cultural Ambassadors," 14 Jan. 2019 This reduces how much alcohol gets carried up in each bubble (too much alcohol can overpower the champagne's more delicate flavors). Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "The secret to champagne’s universal appeal is the physics of bubbles," 31 Dec. 2018 Firm, sweet white flesh has more flavor than many other kinds of summer squash. Arricca Sansone, Country Living, "16 Types of Squash and Everything You Need to Know About Them," 28 Dec. 2018 While both looks here have their own distinctive flavor going on, the duo surely both have one thing in common: front row-ready confidence. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Victoria Beckham’s New Fashion Pal? Her Son Brooklyn’s New Girlfriend," 6 Jan. 2019 The cauliflower worked perfectly in the smoothie because its mild flavor was easily overpowered by the mango and the orange juice. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "How to Make a Smoothie Without a Recipe," 2 Jan. 2019 Well, the Food and Drug Administration caught on to this, claiming Juul was marketing to youth, using social media marketing, as well as its various flavors to appeal to young adults. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Here’s Everything You Need To Know About the Juul Flavor Ban," 15 Nov. 2018 That said, grocers and other retailers have proven more amenable to higher prices on new flavors or styles of an existing product than to raising prices on familiar packaged foods, whose sales have fallen. Heather Haddon, WSJ, "With a Pinch of Innovation, Food Makers Raise Prices," 19 Dec. 2018 Aimed at a more discriminating class of audio listeners, the AE-9 features such audiophile features as replaceable operational amplifiers, or opamps, to tune the flavor of sound from the card. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Exclusive first look: Creative Labs' high-end Sound BlasterX AE-9 breaks cover," 8 Dec. 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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