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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Airshare’s plans to bring a local flavor to the new jets. Doug Gollan, Forbes, "Patrick Mahomes’ Private Jet Company Places Surprise Order, Options For 20 Challenger 350s," 12 May 2021 Replicate this iconic flavor at home with our recipe for Cornbread Ice Cream. Zoe Denenberg, Southern Living, "This Birmingham Creamery Just Launched a Buttermilk-and-Cornbread Ice Cream Flavor, and We Can't Scoop Fast Enough," 11 May 2021 While some Florida restaurant satellites are content to mimic their New York hub, others are trying to inject a dash of Miami flavor. Arian Campo-flores, WSJ, "Now Trending in Miami Are Manhattan Dining Hot Spots," 11 May 2021 Bananas stand in for eggs in this cake, both binding the batter and giving it body (use bananas that have gone mostly black for the best flavor). Ben Mims, Los Angeles Times, "Treats for Mom that are ready when she wants them," 10 May 2021 Sunga-Kwan doesn’t use eggs in the flavor bases to prevent that thick, back-of-the-throat coating that ice cream can sometimes produce. Elena Kadvany, San Francisco Chronicle, "The Outer Sunset farmers market has grown into an essential S.F. food destination. Here's what to eat," 10 May 2021 This method involves blending white and red grapes to produce a rosé with the color hue and flavor profile the winemaker desires. Rachel King, Fortune, "Why you need to consider more than just one shade of rosé," 8 May 2021 Breading and batters provide crunch and flavor and also protect the food from the intense heat of the oil. Washington Post, "Sauteing and frying: Tips and recipes to help you master stovetop cooking techniques," 8 May 2021 There is, however, another way to appreciate terroir: as an essential ingredient in a blend of grapes carefully sourced and meticulously combined to create a complex and unique flavor profile. Robb Report Studio, Robb Report, "All You Need to Know About Penfolds’ “Wine of the World” Designation," 8 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In addition to the original 19 botanicals, Charentais melon flesh, whole lemon (as opposed to just lemon peel), yuzu zest and even more orange peel are added to flavor this gin. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, "The 7 Best New Gins to Drink This Spring and Summer," 12 May 2021 Meat can make a rare appearance, but usually only to flavor a dish. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Mediterranean diet may prevent memory loss and dementia, study finds," 5 May 2021 Cooking over wood is arguably one of the best ways to flavor food. Megan Oster, chicagotribune.com, "Best patio essentials 2021," 2 Apr. 2021 The skin would be stuffed with bread and other fillers, while the bones and head would flavor the broth. Rachel Ringler, sun-sentinel.com, "The secret not-so-Jewish history of gefilte fish," 7 Apr. 2021 Onions do more than just flavor your favorite soups, stir fries, and salads. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "5 Health Benefits of Onions Worth Shedding a Couple Tears For," 21 Jan. 2021 Ditch the sugar and try to naturally flavor your coffee. Kim Luongo, chicagotribune.com, "Is coffee healthy?," 29 Mar. 2021 Arugula packs flavor into its soft, salad-y green leaves … but it’s not just for salad. orlandosentinel.com, "Arugula doesn’t make you elitist, it just makes your salad better," 18 Mar. 2021 Every scrap is dried, roasted and blended into ashes, which are then used to flavor oils, salts and even sugars in desserts. Alyson Sheppard, Robb Report, "Why This Ambitious New Washington, DC, Restaurant Is Embracing Imperfection," 18 Mar. 2021

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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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15 May 2021

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“Flavor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flavor. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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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 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
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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