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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To get an even fuller flavor of very American phenomena as depicted on cinema, here's a sampling of some of the screen's most engaging, entertaining and eclectic windows into patriotism, each paired with a complementary follow-up film. Scott Huver, CNN, "All-American double features to stream over the Fourth of July," 3 July 2019 The sweets Behind grand French doors, the bakery area serves 12 different flavors of Cake Bake's towering, signature layer cakes, including gluten-free chocolate peanut butter crunch cake, plus pies, macarons and other desserts. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Cake Bake Shop is finally open in Carmel, and it fulfills every sweet dream," 1 July 2019 The milk of each cow is kept separate because each has a distinct flavor profile, Thorn says. Deborah Hornblow, courant.com, "Boutique Farms: Creative And Resourceful Farmers Find Their Artisanal Niche," 25 June 2019 Each of the cocktails, designed by Beverage Director Trevin Hutchins, is organized under the four classical elements: water, air, fire and earth, with the categories denoting a broad flavor profile. Soleil Ho, SFChronicle.com, "Flame on: A quick stop at one65 in S.F.’s Union Square," 24 June 2019 The touch-screen computers at FloraMedex let customers look through the menu of available products, learn about the THC content in each strain and peruse flavor profiles. Ally Marotti, chicagotribune.com, "Want to know what it’s like inside an Illinois marijuana dispensary? Take a look.," 24 June 2019 Chipotle chile, cilantro, and lime juice provided the perfect Southwestern flavor profile to this easy-to-prepare salad. America's Test Kitchen, sun-sentinel.com, "Try this light, summertime bean salad with corn and avocado," 18 June 2019 Broadly speaking, tequilas from the Highlands (Los Altos) often express with grassier and sometimes sweeter flavor profiles, while those from the Lowland (El Valle) can have an earthier, more mineral quality. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "12 Things Every Tequila Aficionado Needs to Know," 7 June 2019 Its exceptional flavor profile provides ample sweetness and tartness, making it an excellent eating apple. Good Housekeeping, "Cosmic Crisp®," 11 Dec. 2018

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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 The local meats, fish, and seafood are all cooked to order here, and the kitchen uses different types of wood to flavor the food, from apple, cherry, and chestnut to wood-salvaged from aged wine barrels. Sophie Davies, Condé Nast Traveler, "29 Best Restaurants in Sydney," 14 Mar. 2018 It's flavored with garlic and Meyer lemon and tastes delicious drizzled on salads or over vegetables. Allure, "12 CBD Tinctures, Gummies, and Drinks That Help Calm Anxiety," 23 Oct. 2018 Stay conscious of added sugar, which is often used to add flavor to low or nonfat dairy products (e.g., flavored milk, sweetened yogurt, and lower-sodium cheese). Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "How Much Sodium You Can Eat Every Day, According to a Nutritionist," 8 Apr. 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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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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