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.

4a : variety sense 3a

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

Synonyms for flavor

Synonyms: Noun

air, ambience (or ambiance), aroma, atmosphere, aura, climate, halo, karma, mood, note, odor, patina, smell, temper, vibration(s)

Synonyms: Verb

lace, savor (also savour), season, spice

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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 desserts here offer the soft landing of various mousses, soufflés, and tartes that were fine, but could benefit from more intensity of flavor. Craig Laban, Philly.com, "The Bercy adds French brasserie sheen to thriving Ardmore scene," 13 July 2018 Gamay Noir has only a modest tannic payload; its featherweighted finish makes the front end that much more of a headlong rush of movement, broad and forward-leaning, a starburst of flavor. Patrick Comiskey, latimes.com, "Why you should be drinking Gamay Noir this summer," 11 July 2018 Plenty of flavor is developed over the broth’s 10 hour cook time with the only other additions to the bowl a pile of flat, tender noodles and shavings of pork. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "Ngon Appetit keeps it simple with 3 items — soup, sandwiches, crepes," 11 July 2018 My issue, though, is not one of flavor but one of optics, so a plea to Starbucks executives: Don’t make this a thing stateside. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "Just Say No to the Starbucks Avocado Frappuccino," 5 July 2018 Whether any of that flavor makes it into the real game? Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Ubisoft's E3 reveals: Assassin's Creed: Odyssey, Division 2, Beyond Good & Evil 2, and more," 11 June 2018 Joe makes a quick stock with the shells before reducing it down to make a basting liquid, which adds moisture and depth of flavor. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, "Grilling season is here; prosciutto-wrapped shrimp are a perfect way to celebrate," 31 May 2018 As the name suggests, this flavor is basically Cap'n Crunch Crunch Berries cereal in Slurpee form. Olivia Harrison, refinery29.com, "7-Eleven Is Giving Out Free Slurpees Today," 11 July 2018 The Suja kombucha flavors are Mixed Berries, Green Apple, Super Greens, Pineapple Passionfruit, Peach Ginger and Ginger Lemon. sandiegouniontribune.com, "Suja offers line of kombucha drinks," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

And of course, there are sweet treats like powdered sugar beignets and sno-balls, which is finely shaved ice flavored with different syrups like strawberry, Georgia cream and apple. Grace Wong, chicagotribune.com, "Just Opened: Ina Mae brings a taste of New Orleans to Wicker Park," 20 June 2018 Eron Plevan had the group of aspiring bartenders taste through a series of sugar-heavy mixers flavored with grapefruit, ginger and lavender. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "Copper & Kings wants to help low-wage workers. How? Superb cocktails," 29 May 2018 Ingredients used to flavor the brews may include green walnuts, sassafras leaves, cedar branches and tree bark. Lori Rackl, chicagotribune.com, "Bicentennial bucket list: 20 essential Illinois drinks," 29 June 2018 Here are my favorite ways to flavor fresh asparagus. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Asparagus still rolling in — so many reasons to love it," 10 June 2018 What to cook: While there's nothing better — or more simple — than enjoying a bowlful of cherries by themselves, consider baking the cherries in quick breads or cakes, or use to flavor a traditional clafoutis, a French pudding-like dessert. Noelle Carter, latimes.com, "Pies, tarts, tacos and more great recipes using cherries, now in season," 18 May 2018 Hibiscus also is used to flavor ice pops in some paleterias on the south side. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Hibiscus is the flower that's good enough to drink (and eat)," 24 Apr. 2018 Her affection for oranges, especially, and her enthusiasm for their ability to flavor and enliven both sweet and savory dishes permeates the pages of this cookbook. Jill O'connor, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Cookbook celebrates versatility of oranges," 26 Mar. 2018 Note: Bread-dipping seasoning is used to flavor olive oil for bread dipping. Atlanta Life, ajc, "7 day menu planner," 16 Mar. 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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More Definitions for flavor

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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