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 move follows a revamp last year of Diet Coke with several new flavors, including Ginger Lime and Zesty Blood Orange,... Jennifer Maloney, WSJ, "Coke Launches First New Flavor in Over a Decade," 8 Feb. 2019 As anyone who has ever been to Starbucks knows, the coffee brand isn’t exactly afraid to test the waters with interesting flavors. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Starbucks Is Selling a Snowy Cheese Latte in China," 17 Nov. 2018 Though fish dinners might seem difficult to make, this one is incredibly easy, packed with flavors like garlic and tomato, and super filling thanks to chard and farro. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "How to Peel a Whole Head of Garlic in No Time," 9 Nov. 2018 Filled with toasted fennel seeds, cornichons, and golden raisins, these sandwiches are bursting with flavor in every bite. Anna Helm Baxter, Country Living, "Salami Sandwiches with Cauliflower Relish," 31 Oct. 2018 She was fascinated with all the flavors, the cultures, and the dishes. Omid Scobie, Harper's BAZAAR, "How Duchess Meghan Stepped in to Uplift a Community Kitchen Serving Victims of Grenfell," 17 Sep. 2018 Setting aside, Chef Liam Tomlin is a culinary wizard of note in the South African dining scene, with his dazzlingly inventive set tapas menu recasting him as something of a Picasso on the plate, creative with flavor as much as with presentation. Sarah Khan, Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Best Day Trips From Cape Town," 14 Sep. 2018 Together, the companies came up with two flavors, Rosé CreamCider and Pine-Apple Hibiscus Rosé Sorbet. Olivia Harrison, refinery29.com, "This Summer's Biggest Boozy Trend Just Got Its Own Ice Cream Flavor," 10 July 2018 The festival’s final week promises works with a stronger Cuban flavor. Robert Greskovic, WSJ, "Fleet-Footed Cultural Ambassadors," 14 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Cranston has layered thick his white-man ennui, tapping into but also reinventing that Walter White–flavored despair in the persona of Howard Beale, a struggling news anchor at the end of his rope. Chloe Schama, Vogue, "A New Theatrical Adaptation of Network Is All About the Rage," 7 Dec. 2018 Heliodor looks like a typical medieval castle town, while the village of Hotto evokes a Japanese village, snowy Sniflheim is vaguely Russia-flavored, and Gondolia is strongly reminiscent of Venice. Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica, "Review: Dragon Quest XI looks new but feels old," 4 Sep. 2018 There’s nothing chicken-flavored about these Pringles, for the record — just as another Pringles stunt flavor, chicken ramen, allegedly had no chicken taste, either. Maura Judkis, Houston Chronicle, "Pringles could never have captured Nashville’s hot chicken in a chip," 13 July 2018 Nobody wants to scoop vaguely tomato-flavored liquid onto a chip. Rochelle Bilow, Bon Appetit, "How to Make Fresh, Homemade Salsa & Common Mistakes to Avoid," 22 May 2018 Squishy little jelly beans flavored like champagne. Lori Keong, Marie Claire, "Your Guide to All Things Champagne This New Year's Eve," 27 Dec. 2017 Step 2: The Vegetables → When added for the sole purpose of flavoring the broth, vegetables are left in larger pieces, like a quarter carrot or half an onion, and then removed. Francine Maroukian, Popular Mechanics, "The Two Ways To Cook Meat Perfectly Every Time," 18 Aug. 2017 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

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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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