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

Combining different flavors, like a Cajun sausage omelet or mixing in shrimp or something. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Baking, lacrosse-playing center Keith Ismael key for Aztecs football in 2019," 3 Aug. 2019 Not everyone loves the kind of grassy, acidic flavor, or the texture, or the whatever. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, "If you ask us, goat cheese is the GOAT. Here are 7 recipes that prove it.," 3 Aug. 2019 Make Ahead: For best flavor, cover and refrigerate the soup for at least 2 hours before serving. Joe Yonan, The Denver Post, "This elegant, pantry-friendly white gazpacho deserves to be as famous as its red cousin," 31 July 2019 Familiar flavors, such as shrimp and pasta in pesto, are also worth a fresh look. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, "Shrimp season: Going global with Texas’s favorite crustacean," 31 July 2019 Choose from 30 flavors, or, try the chain’s Pineapple Upside-Down Cheesecake, back on the menu for today’s sweet celebration. Doreen Christensen, sun-sentinel.com, "National Cheesecake Day: Half-price slices at The Cheesecake Factory on Tuesday," 30 July 2019 There are two flavors of XT6: the Premium Luxury version starts at $52,695 for front-wheel drive, and adding AWD is a $2,000 option. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The 2020 Cadillac XT6: Better than an Escalade in every way," 29 July 2019 Drinks are loosely inspired by Japan and other Asian flavors, like a yuzu margarita and a prosecco pear with Asian pear and lychee. Polly Campbell, Cincinnati.com, "Kaze gets Thunderdomed," 24 July 2019 The three flavors — caramel macchiato, cinnamon dolce latte and white chocolate mocha — mark the first release of a coffee creamer by Starbucks. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "Starbucks creamers are coming to grocery stores next month," 22 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

While each batch fries, toss a couple pieces of country ham into the lard fryer to flavor it and the chicken. Los Angeles Times, "Jonathan Gold’s fried chicken," 18 July 2019 Starz’s The Rook, though, is strangely joyless, taking its grab bag of mood-board inspo elements and throwing in some Homeland along with X-Men, The X-Files, Harry Potter, and everything else flavoring its conceptual stew. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "A Supernatural Spy Story Goes Dark in The Rook," 2 July 2019 Then a deeply caramelly sip flavored with pumpkin seeds. National Geographic, "Here’s why every foodie you know is heading to Peru," 19 July 2019 This tender, buttery batter, flavored with lemon rind and dredged with sugar before baking, goes into a loaf pan lined with parchment paper (natural parchment paper is thinner than the white and ideal for this). Lisa Yockelson, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipe: In New England, a blueberry cake on the kitchen counter is a treasured summer moment," 1 July 2019 Signs of spring surround veal sweetbreads sautéed to a precise snap: fava beans, pea tendrils and rhubarb compote flavored with only enough port to tease out the sweet-bitter elements. Bill Addison, latimes.com, "Is Spago relevant? Our critic talks through three (very different) recent meals," 27 June 2019 Last month, Blake's Hard Cider released Traffic Jam, a semi-sweet cider flavored with strawberries, raspberries and blackberries. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, "Traffic Jam and Snug suing Blake's Hard Cider over drink name," 4 June 2019 Step 5: The rest of the ethanol is stored with no regard to flavor. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "How To Make Gasoline From Tea," 15 May 2019 The Bottom Line Ginger can be a delicious way to flavor any anti-inflammatory diet plan. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "8 Surprising Health Benefits of Ginger You Need to Know About," 19 Nov. 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 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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