flavor

1 of 2

noun

fla·​vor ˈflā-vər How to pronounce flavor (audio)
1
a
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
3
a
: characteristic or predominant quality
the ethnic flavor of a neighborhood
b
: a distinctive appealing or enlivening quality
Her performance adds flavor to the show.
4
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
flavorful adjective
flavorfully adverb
flavorless adjective
flavorsome adjective

flavor

2 of 2

verb

flavored; flavoring ˈflā-v(ə-)riŋ How to pronounce flavor (audio)

transitive verb

: to give or add flavor to

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
Although the chain is known for having more than a dozen flavors available at a time, the free offer is for its signature Classic Carol. The Courier-Journal, 23 Feb. 2024 Served with spaghetti, Visconti’s famous garlic bread and minestrone soup or a simple salad (a mustardy Italian dressing goes well over greens), the veal’s delicate flavor still somehow managed to seep through. Benjy Egel, Sacramento Bee, 22 Feb. 2024 Chef Preston Paine of Emilia in Fort Worth exemplifies this creativity by blending his Italian travel experiences with the robust flavors of Texas. Stephanie Gravalese, Forbes, 22 Feb. 2024 Chevys Fresh Mex: Celebrate National Margarita Day with $10 margarita flights with flavors including strawberry, mango, and original. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, 21 Feb. 2024 Available iced or hot, the new latte is a blend of espresso with churro flavors. Antonia Debianchi, Peoplemag, 21 Feb. 2024 Chef Grant Achatz is best known for his outlandish dishes that marry creativity with phenomenal flavor. Meena Thiruvengadam, Travel + Leisure, 21 Feb. 2024 Lip products with certain flavors or fragrances may also exacerbate—rather than hydrate—dry lips. Maggie O'Neill, Health, 20 Feb. 2024 Columbus is used for its bittering notes, frequently used later in the beer-making process to provide a citrusy and even woodsy flavor. Barb Sands, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Feb. 2024
Verb
Enjoy flavored nuts, such as those that are candied, glazed, or honied, in moderation. Selene Yeager, Health, 24 Feb. 2024 Meadowcroft Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2021 (3.5 stars) Sonoma County, Calif., $30 Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley is known for a bold, heavy style of pinot noir deeply flavored with dark cherry, plum and baking spice. Dave McIntyre, Washington Post, 22 Feb. 2024 Mozzarella is sourced from a small Wisconsin dairy farm that's been supplying the restaurant for more than 40 years, and sausage is flavored with an exclusive — and secret — blend of spices. Meena Thiruvengadam, Travel + Leisure, 21 Feb. 2024 Menthol itself isn’t addictive, but menthol cigarettes are more attractive to new smokers, studies show, because the flavoring masks the harsh taste and smell that may put some new smokers off. Jen Christensen, CNN, 21 Feb. 2024 From T-shirts and hoodies to hats and jewelry, plus a specialty box to get the K-Wave flavored delivered, the collab offers the opportunity to express their fandom in style. Jeff Benjamin, Forbes, 20 Feb. 2024 These puffs are flavored with Gruyere, dry mustard, and cayenne. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 15 Feb. 2024 Guinness Open Gate Brewery Raise a toast to the new year at Guinness Open Gate Brewery, which will be serving the limited-edition Luck of the Dragon, a fuchsia beer flavored with dragon fruit powder and orange puree. Amanda Yeager, Baltimore Sun, 9 Feb. 2024 In Massachusetts, for example, state health officials meet in a government office to smell cigars to determine whether they’re flavored or not. Richard Carleton Hacker, Robb Report, 11 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1542, in the meaning defined above

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

Dictionary Entries Near flavor

Cite this Entry

“Flavor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flavor. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

flavor

noun
fla·​vor
ˈflā-vər
1
a
: the quality of something that affects the sense of taste : savor
b
: the blend of taste and smell sensations caused by a substance in the mouth
2
: a substance added to food or drink to give it a desired taste
3
: characteristic or most noticeable quality
flavor verb
flavored
-vərd
adjective
flavorful
-vər-fəl
adjective
flavorless
-ləs
adjective

Medical Definition

flavor

1 of 2 noun
fla·​vor
variants or chiefly British flavour
1
a
: 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
flavored adjective
or chiefly British flavoured

flavor

2 of 2 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)
: to give or add flavor to

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