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

One such subject was a particular flavor of homosexual taste called camp. Benjamin Moser, Town & Country, "Why Susan Sontag Would Have Hated a Camp-Themed Met Gala," 5 May 2019 Pete Buttigieg is the flavor of the month in Democratic politics, and on Sunday the South Bend, Ind., mayor formally launched his 2020 bid. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Mayor Pete and Tolerance," 15 Apr. 2019 There have been many flavors of RC-135 built over the years to suit all kinds of intelligence gathering, from geolocating electronic signals to harvesting and analyzing the electronic emissions of potential adversaries. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Watch a Russian Jet Fighter Intercept a U.S. Air Force Spy Plane," 7 Mar. 2019 The Yuletide treat, developed by The Republic of Tea, is a cardamom cinnamon flavor that features your favorite holiday spices plus zesty ginger, cloves, and star anise. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "Hallmark Released a 'Countdown to Christmas' Tea and We Need a Cup Now," 28 Oct. 2018 Six of the sweet doughnuts on the Donut Monster menu would be year-round flavors; many more would be seasonal. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Donut Monster coming at you (pop-ups first, a store later)," 3 July 2018 Also, keep the expectations in check, because this is flavor that can’t match any marinade, dry rub or sauce. Chuck Blount, San Antonio Express-News, "Add a little more flavor to your grill with fragrant ingredients," 2 July 2018 There are at least 38 flavors on offer, which change based on the season. Darcel Rockett, chicagotribune.com, "One of the best ice cream parlors in the world can be found in Illinois: The Daily Meal," 27 June 2018 As a result, there are now more than 250 flavors of cigar products, everything from cotton candy to strawberry. Brian Jenssen Md, Philly.com, "The problem with kids and flavored tobacco," 21 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

It's flavored with garlic and Meyer lemon and tastes delicious drizzled on salads or over vegetables. Allure, "12 CBD Tinctures, Gummies, and Drinks That Help Calm Anxiety," 23 Oct. 2018 Stay conscious of added sugar, which is often used to add flavor to low or nonfat dairy products (e.g., flavored milk, sweetened yogurt, and lower-sodium cheese). Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "How Much Sodium You Can Eat Every Day, According to a Nutritionist," 8 Apr. 2019 As for varieties, the fruit range from dark, richly flavored Brooks to sweet Rainier cherries, as well as Early Burlat, Tulare and Flavor Giant. Noelle Carter, latimes.com, "Pies, tarts, tacos and more great recipes using cherries, now in season," 18 May 2018 Rose Raspberry Ginger Macaron Rose flavored macaron shells filled with raspberry jam and infused with ginger. Micaela English, Town & Country, "The Prettiest New Offerings From Ladurée," 14 Jan. 2015 Still, other companies long have tailored their products to suit China’s enormous market, from Mondelez International Inc.’s green-tea flavored Oreos to General Motors Co.’s joint-venture Baojun brand cars. Tripp Mickle, WSJ, "Apple’s China Problem May Require a New iPhone," 30 Jan. 2019 Angels & Hearts specializes in two things: rolled crêpes and intensely flavored soft serve. Pam Kragen, sandiegouniontribune.com, "22 San Diego ice cream shops where you can cool off on this very hot day," 6 July 2018 The spinach — Swiss chard is often used as well — loses all its water, and very slowly fries in the oil, resulting in a small amount of greasy paste as black as crude oil, which is used to flavor all kinds of soups and stews. Yotam Ottolenghi, The Seattle Times, "Yet another way to eat your spinach: try the Tunisian condiment pkaila," 18 Sep. 2018 Put herbs and roots (rosemary, thyme, licorice) on the mesh to flavor fish and vegetables. David Bouley, Town & Country, "Top 5 Kitchen Essentials: From the Steals to the Stratospheric," 23 Feb. 2016

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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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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 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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