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 This is one of those cakes with a bold and beautiful flavor that will be instantly consumed. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Let fruits take the cake," 6 Apr. 2021 Marchetti’s was sumptuous, with deep flavor achieved by super-slow, long browning of the meat. Washington Post, "I wanted the ultimate Bolognese. Six recipes later, I came up with the best ragu of them all.," 6 Apr. 2021 Strixhaven is shaping up to be a fantastic set bursting with powerful combos and brilliant flavor. Joe Parlock, Forbes, "Why Strixhaven’s Octavia, Living Thesis Is My New Favorite ‘Magic: The Gathering’ Card," 6 Apr. 2021 Easter sessions focus on Christ with an international flavor. The Salt Lake Tribune, "LDS General Conference recap: Speakers address politics, racism, cyberbullying, abortion, inclusion and more," 4 Apr. 2021 Charcoal grills also infuse meat with flavor via one of two methods: by using the smoke from wood chips on the coal bed or drippings on the coal bed that have vaporized. Megan Oster, chicagotribune.com, "Best patio essentials 2021," 2 Apr. 2021 That release came from two barrels, with a total of 42 months of secondary maturation to really infuse the whiskey with flavor. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, "The 11 Best Cask-Finished American Whiskeys to Drink Right Now," 23 Mar. 2021 This Iranian frittata is a sensational deep green color and tastes like spring on a plate, bursting with fresh herby flavor. Megan Marples, CNN, "Celebrate Persian New Year with green recipes and spring cleaning," 19 Mar. 2021 The banners showcase an array of images and themes, all with a distinct L.A. flavor. Los Angeles Times, "L.A. Times Collaborates with Iconic Newsstand to Feature Local Artists’ Work," 17 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 Castillo tosses roasted squash with a combination of the spices that typically flavor Mexican chorizo. Washington Post, "Fried tortillas piled high with spicy roasted squash make for a crunchy, fun dinner," 14 Mar. 2021 Too much dye may also start to add a bitter, chemically flavor your beer. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Here's How to Make Green Beer for St. Patrick's Day Quickly," 10 Mar. 2021 Gin is versatile and unique by nature of the botanicals used to flavor it. Popular Science, "Best gifts for women: Truly unique gift ideas for her," 1 Mar. 2021 It's also used to flavor stews and even eaten alone. Mark Thiessen, Star Tribune, "Cultural 'big deal': Seal oil makes menu at Alaska care home," 16 Feb. 2021 In the YouTube star Maangchi’s kitchen, the cookbook author and former gamer uses instant hazelnut coffee to flavor her pork and to stain it a gorgeous ocher. Washington Post, "Bo ssäm nirvana is within reach, and it starts with your Instant Pot," 28 Oct. 2020

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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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“Flavor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flavor. Accessed 13 Apr. 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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