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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Make it with granulated sugar or agave nectar, and feel free to blend in fresh herbs such as basil or mint to perk up the flavor profile. Casey Barber, CNN, 9 May 2022 Bell started folks with the 801 — the lighter flavor profile — asking everyone to hold up their sample to the light to really look at the color and opacity. Stefene Russell, The Salt Lake Tribune, 6 May 2022 Subsequently, the house has focused on replicating that graceful flavor profile, achieving those singular aromas by blending specific vintages and years. Jeanne O'brien Coffey, Forbes, 2 May 2022 The Greek script and unusual flavor profile make Paleokerisio semi-sparkling orange wine feel as exotic as a trip to a remote Mediterranean island. Jami Supsic, Country Living, 2 May 2022 Of course, that age is right at the sweet spot for aging bourbon, and the team at Barrell clearly knows how to preserve that intrinsic character while also including whiskey of various ages to create a unique flavor profile. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 29 Apr. 2022 Enter this recipe for vegan Southern-style collard greens, which get their flavor profile from red miso paste and smoked paprika. Washington Post, 23 Apr. 2022 But by the second, the complex flavor profile won me over. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, 21 Apr. 2022 With a red serrano base, the flavor profile is filled out with strawberries and coconut for an oddly satisfying, acidic kick. Chris O'connell, Chron, 6 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But using flour comes with another benefit: The flour left behind in the pan caramelizes, helping to both flavor and thicken the pan sauce. G. Daniela Galarza, Washington Post, 12 May 2022 But while seaweed is getting a lot of recent hype as part of efforts to combat climate-change, it’s been used to flavor and preserve for centuries. Andy Baraghani, Bon Appétit, 4 May 2022 Our version boasts matcha and cocoa powder, but classic recipes have nothing but vanilla extract to flavor it. Charlyne Mattox, Country Living, 21 Apr. 2022 The restaurant trick here is using a Smoking Gun to flavor the thyme oil. Sunset Magazine, 21 Apr. 2022 In the end, baking the meat intensifies flavor with no harm to special tradition One would think attending the first Passover dinner hosted by your daughter would be a mother’s pure joy, but my mother was becoming unhinged. San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Apr. 2022 Indian spices flavor this dinner of plump shrimp, scallops and rice. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 22 Mar. 2022 Skratch Labs Exercise Hydration Mix with Apples and Cinnamon Skratch Labs uses real fruit with very little added sugar to flavor its hydration mixes. Joe Jackson, Outside Online, 23 Dec. 2014 Start with a refreshing vodka and Prosecco cocktail, then flavor a simple roast chicken with the fruit to make a fragrant pan sauce. Casey Barber, CNN, 22 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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More Definitions for flavor

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

flavor

transitive verb
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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