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 Basting a steak in any fat is a great way to bring up the richness and juiciness of the meat without overshadowing its existing flavor. Bon Appétit, 17 July 2021 Nutritional yeast has its own distinctive and delicious flavor—a little cheesiness, a little nuttiness, a little umami. Audrey Bruno, SELF, 17 July 2021 In Genoa, the basil that grows in the Italian Riviera is renowned for its cool, clean and lightly peppery, almost sweet flavor. Washington Post, 15 July 2021 Coca-Cola Zero Sugar, which the company released in 2005, has had its flavor changed before. BostonGlobe.com, 14 July 2021 Exports of Colombian coffee, particularly desired by baristas for its milder flavor, fell as antigovernment protesters blocked highways and ports. Will Horner, WSJ, 12 July 2021 But her star dish for the long holiday will be mechoui, a slow-roasted leg of lamb — a constant in her feast, for its symbolism as much as for its flavor. New York Times, 9 July 2021 The one difference was that to retain its flavor and aroma, the tips did not go into the boil and were instead steeped in the whirlpool for a half hour. Maria Aguilar, The Enquirer, 9 July 2021 The existence of smoke ring is widely considered a gauge for how much smoke the meat took in during the cooking process and, therefore, a visual gauge for its flavor. Chuck Blount, San Antonio Express-News, 6 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The omelet is silky because it is made quickly, without fuss, with only cheddar cheese, chives and curry powder to flavor it. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 19 July 2021 After all, the shift from pure villain in Avengers to more of an antihero over his subsequent appearances is certain to flavor how Hiddleston approaches the character on Loki. Brian Tallerico, Vulture, 8 June 2021 Or flavor the dish at the end with your favorite spice blend, whether that’s za’atar, garam masala or Cajun-Creole. Washington Post, 19 Apr. 2021 And in turn, the assertive vinaigrettes flavor the leaves, transforming them into something bearable (for me) to eat any day of summer. Los Angeles Times, 4 June 2021 Use in cocktails, to punch up sparkling water, or to flavor cakes or cookies. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, 3 June 2021 In Taiwan, a drop or two of Taiwanese black vinegar (pictured above) is used to flavor thick squid soup. Clarissa Wei, Bon Appétit, 29 May 2021 Some chips are perfect for vending machines, concession stands, or afternoon snacks; others are destined to help flavor one's immortality. Don Yaeger, Forbes, 19 May 2021 The cheese master is the only one who can enhance and flavor the lactic bacteria. . John Mariani, Forbes, 13 May 2021

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

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“Flavor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flavor. Accessed 3 Aug. 2021.

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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 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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