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 Black sugar, used in the shake, is a dark-colored sugar with a caramel flavor. Coral Murphy, USA TODAY, "Shake Shack launches Korean-inspired chicken sandwich and tenders," 6 Jan. 2021 Cognac and orange Curaçao add a festive flavor to this sparkling wine cocktail. Los Angeles Times, "Ring in New Year’s at home with bubbles and your favorite snacks," 27 Dec. 2020 Stunning contemporary glass and stone house has distinctive Prairie-style flavor, walls of glass with acres of woods. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "$3M White Lake glass house is a window on the world," 27 Dec. 2020 Boiling milk changes its protein structure and gives it a different flavor. Sara Chodosh, Popular Science, "Instant hot cocoa is a starchy disaster. Here’s how to make your own.," 23 Dec. 2020 Sometimes the simplest dishes have a surprisingly big flavor. Washington Post, "My 10 favorite Dinner in Minutes recipes of 2020 include étouffée, Instant Pot stew and chicken, chicken, chicken," 23 Dec. 2020 This will contribute a sweeter flavor to the final dish. Nicole Papantoniou, Good Housekeeping, "What Is a Dutch Oven — and How Do You Use It?," 22 Dec. 2020 So there’s a Pacific Northwest flavor to that, which is linked more to the health-and-wellness industry. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "The Influence of the Anti-Vaccine Movement," 18 Dec. 2020 Customers can choose between a single flavor or variety packs, with vegan and vegetarian options. Janelle Bitker, SFChronicle.com, "Oakland's newest regional Mexican restaurant is serving plump tamales in time for holidays," 18 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Zinke talked about how her mom would pick yomogi, Japanese mugwort, growing wild along the sidewalks to flavor mochi. Janelle Bitker, SFChronicle.com, "Make mochi for New Year's with this Bay Area native's adorable new cookbook," 30 Dec. 2020 Stephani Smith, founder and creative director of Garnish Craft Cocktail Catering in Maui, turned to chamomile flowers to flavor this delicate cocktail. Magdalena O'neal, Sunset Magazine, "Champagne Cocktails to Toast With This New Year’s Eve," 30 Dec. 2020 Fortunately, there are ways to flavor our lives with distant places, whether the vacation is familiar or fantasy: through food. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "Philly tradition: You can smell it at LaSpada’s," 27 Dec. 2020 Try using ground sumac ($9, The Spice House) to flavor kabobs, hummus, and roasted veggies. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, "The Flavors You’ll Start Seeing Everywhere in 2021, According to Experts," 17 Dec. 2020 Using almond or cashew flour will thicken, flavor and add protein to the final gravy, which may be more velvety than perfectly smooth. Washington Post, "How to make pan gravy with or without meat drippings," 11 Nov. 2020 As for the gravy, give up the complicated flavorings and umami hacks and flavor it with the turkey’s offal and nothing else — simplicity is often the boldest move of all. Los Angeles Times, "For Thanksgiving 2020, throw tradition out the window," 12 Nov. 2020 Toasted glutinous rice powder, known as khao khua (ข้าว คั่ว) in Thai, performs has a nearly magic ability to absorb liquid and performs multiple functions: to flavor, to add texture, to thicken, to bind, and to emulsify. Lara Lee, Bon Appétit, "Toasted Glutinous Rice Powder Is Nothing Short of Magical," 12 Nov. 2020 As the turkey roasts, the seasonings in the cavity will flavor the rest of the bird. Kate Merker, Good Housekeeping, "10 Very Important Turkey Cooking Tips You Need to Know," 16 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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Time Traveler for flavor

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The first known use of flavor was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

15 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Flavor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flavor. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for flavor

flavor

noun
How to pronounce flavor (audio)

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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