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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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But the partisan political flavor of the events was underscored in Phoenix when Trump, while addressing factory workers, called Jorge and Betty Rivas to the microphone. David Nakamura, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump uses travel to gain campaign edge," 22 May 2020 Toasting or blooming spices brings out the most flavor. Sarah Jampel, Bon Appétit, "If You LOL at the Idea of Grinding Your Own Spices, Read This," 21 May 2020 The brew is made to offer the same flavor but with only 99 calories per can, about 50% fewer calories than Kilt Lifter. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "Forget what you know about light beer. Arizona's craft beer scene is redefining it," 19 May 2020 These flavors are seasonal and only available for short time while inventory lasts. Detroit Free Press Staff, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan's Hudsonville Ice Cream releases 'Fireworks' flavor that melts in your mouth," 11 May 2020 Simmer the sauce, stirring, for 1 to 2 minutes, until smooth and the flavors meld. Kate Krader, Bloomberg.com, "The Mistake You Are Making With Mac and Cheese Is Following the Rules," 10 May 2020 Mix it all together and refrigerate a few hours, so the flavors can meld, before diving in. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "51 International Recipes We're Tackling During Quarantine," 7 May 2020 The cookie flavors change with the seasons – fresh berries in the summer and squash or pumpkin in the fall, chestnut in winter and strawberries in the spring. Jean Chen Smith, Cincinnati.com, "Mother’s Day Gift Guide: Stay-at-home edition," 30 Apr. 2020 There is no way someone who rocks that flavor of orange on their home walls is ever in a bad mood. David Crowley (D-Milwaukee). Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Digital roll call in Wisconsin Assembly gave us a glimpse into lawmakers' home offices. So who has the best setup?," 17 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Water and apple cider are obvious choices and, since this liquid gets flavored with the juices of the baking apples, add a splash or two of bourbon or brandy. Patricia S York, Southern Living, "How To Make Delicious, Old-Fashioned Baked Apples," 15 May 2020 Lost was always a violent soap opera of the mind, complicating multiple sweetheart heroes with flashback killings, flavoring fourth-dimensional excursions with justifiable homicides. Darren Franich, EW.com, "Ten years later, Lost's most tantalizing mysteries are still 'Across the Sea'," 11 May 2020 The Iced Golden Ginger drink also has ginger and pineapple, which serve to kind of chill out the turmeric, a popular ingredient among health nuts that's best known for being bright yellow and intensely-flavored. Michelle Santiago Cortés, refinery29.com, "Starbucks’ Spring Menu Is Here & These Iced Drinks Are The Best Part," 3 Mar. 2020 Then fill the box with treats in yellow packaging (think Lay’s potato chips, Reese’s peanut butter cups, or lemon flavored Larabars). Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, "Sunshine Boxes Are the Extra TLC We All Need Right Now," 23 Apr. 2020 There are so many ways to flavor this classic cocktail, from citrus juices, to hot sauce, to our best-ever version, which calls for jarred roasted red peppers. Lisa Cericola, Southern Living, "The Best Cocktails to Make with Vegetable Juice," 9 Apr. 2020 Get creative with your ingredients to flavor the goose, but always try to include butter or oil so they can be browned quickly on the grill or in a pan. Brad Fenson, Outdoor Life, "8 Ways to Prepare Snow Goose Meat," 2 Apr. 2020 Pair a daiquiri with your meal, but don’t expect a sticky-sweet nectar to flavor your cocktail. al, "These are the 10 best restaurants in Birmingham in 2020," 3 Mar. 2020 Giving babies cigarettes, for instance, or mayonnaise-flavored Jell-O. The Circle, a US reality television show in its first season on Netflix, has exactly this sort of forthrightly nasty premise. Kate Knibbs, Wired, "Netflix's The Circle Is the Best TV Show About the Internet," 8 Jan. 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

28 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Flavor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flavor. Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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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 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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