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 Start with Clime’s 2018 Viani Vineyard Falanghina Pet-Nat (12.6%, $28), frothy and gently sparkling, with a pronounced lemon verbena aroma and a refreshing, bitter-lemon flavor. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, "Winemakers to Watch," 8 Dec. 2019 Rich and chocolatey, with a touch of coffee flavor, the brownies get topped with red and white bits of peppermint candy and a swirl of creamy white glaze. Jeanmarie Brownson, chicagotribune.com, "Connecting with cookies: Marking a holiday tradition with cherry bars and peppermint mocha brownies," 6 Dec. 2019 The hints of cinnamon flavor in Churro flavored creme were picked up by many supertasters. Morgan Raum, PEOPLE.com, "Oreo Unveils New Churro Cookie As Its Latest Mystery Flavor," 2 Dec. 2019 In general, refresh rates, being the number of times per second that a display is updated, on 4K sets come in two flavors: 60Hz (60 new images per second) or 120Hz (120 new images per second). Patrick Lucas Austin, Time, "Thinking of Buying a 4K TV? Here’s What You Should Know," 2 Dec. 2019 The company’s 12 distinctive chicken salad flavors, along with its bright colors and sassy Southern sensibility, have carried it farther than its founders could have predicted. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, "Ownership may change at Chicken Salad Chick, but recipe remains the same," 30 Nov. 2019 The New York City Council voted Tuesday to ban all e-cigarette and e-liquid flavors, except for tobacco. Fox News, "NYC, Massachusetts approve bans on flavored vaping products," 28 Nov. 2019 Under intense legal pressure, Juul recently suspended its U.S. advertising and halted sales of all but two of its flavors, menthol and tobacco. Matthew Perrone, SFChronicle.com, "DC joins lawsuits against Juul," 26 Nov. 2019 Among this week's NFL power rankings, Tennessee is the flavor of the week, ranked an average of 12.8 after an average rise of 3.9 places. Scott Horner, Indianapolis Star, "NFL power rankings: Indianapolis Colts prepare for the Tennessee Titans, the NFL's fastest rising team in Week 13," 26 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Turn a festive winter sipper into a decadent dessert, flavored with cloves, spiced rum, and nutmeg. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Eggnog Pudding," 14 Nov. 2019 This would have been my first experience with fusion food: colonial rations flavored with Indigenous resistance. Rebecca Thomas, Bon Appétit, "Serving Up Resilience: Indigenous Chefs Preserve Native Foodways—and Create New Ones," 7 Nov. 2019 Administration officials were widely expected to release plans this week for removing virtually all flavored e-cigarettes from the market. Matthew Perrone, chicagotribune.com, "Trump to pursue higher sales age for vaping devices: ‘An age limit of 21 or so’," 8 Nov. 2019 Administration officials were widely expected to release plans this week for removing virtually all flavored e-cigarettes from the market. Washington Post, "Trump to pursue higher sales age for e-cigarettes," 8 Nov. 2019 Enjoy a free scoop of rich and creamy pumpkin flavored ice cream. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, "National Pumpkin Day 2019: Best deals, freebies, discounts before Halloween," 26 Oct. 2019 Last week, the Trump administration announced plans to remove all flavored e-cigarettes from store shelves. Reuters, The Mercury News, "New York state bans flavored e-cigarettes, joining Michigan," 17 Sep. 2019 His object of focus is a palm-sized banana pancake — flavored with ripe banana but also other banana iterations, including a powder made by drying the fruit above the blazes in the kitchen’s massive hearth. Los Angeles Times, "Hidden in the Beverly Center lies a mysterious luxury seafood restaurant. Is it worth the hunt?," 12 Sep. 2019 Rekas was the daughter of Anna and Arvid Marcuson, both born in Sweden, who owned the Viking Bakery in West Hartford, which was known for its Swedish limpa bread, flavored with orange and anise. Anne M. Hamilton, courant.com, "Extraordinary Life: Lillian Marcuson Rekas was a top fashion model who never forgot her hometown of West Hartford," 8 Sep. 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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The first known use of flavor was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

11 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Flavor.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flavor. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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More Definitions for flavor

flavor

noun
How to pronounce flavor (audio)

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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