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

Known for their dessert-sounding flavors and conspicuous shape, e-cigarettes, used for vaping, have come under fire this summer as hundreds of otherwise healthy, mostly young people who used the devices struggled to breathe and were hospitalized. Kate Thayer, chicagotribune.com, "After a 6th death related to a mystery vaping illness, here are 5 things to know about the e-cigarette trend and the current health scare," 11 Sep. 2019 A few of the cakes’ constants are their flavor, moistness and the signature cream cheese frosting that covers each one. cleveland.com, "Nothing Bundt Cakes to sell nothing but ‘awesome’ bundt cakes in South Euclid," 6 Sep. 2019 There are other types of e-cigarettes, but Juul hits the teenage sweet spot with its sleek, high-tech look (it can be recharged in a USB port), its fruity flavors, and the fact that much of its early marketing was through social media. Marisa Cohen, Good Housekeeping, "What Is Juuling? Everything to Know About the Popular Vaping Trend," 4 Sep. 2019 Once opened, a bottle of olive oil retains its peak flavor for three to four weeks. Julia Moskin, New York Times, "The World of Olive Oil Is Murky. Here’s Help for the Home Cook.," 30 Aug. 2019 Maximize their sweet-tart flavor with salt, spice and crunch. Susan Clotfelter, The Know, "Bored with raisins? Try these 5 “fancy” trail mix recipes," 27 Aug. 2019 More information on Blue Bell and its flavors is available here. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, "Blue Bell releases new flavor for limited time," 26 Aug. 2019 Meanwhile, Singaporean chef Nora Haron, who is ethnically Indonesian, took over Local Kitchen (330 1st St.) earlier this year and started introducing some of her Southeast Asian flavors to the previously Italian restaurant. Janelle Bitker, SFChronicle.com, "Two of the Bay Area’s only Indonesian restaurants to close," 23 Aug. 2019 And Alaska honey is among the most prized honey anywhere due to its clear and light flavors, which is due to the flowers that only grow in the far north. Steve Edwards, Anchorage Daily News, "Summer heat is speeding up the pace of vegetables coming through farmers markets," 22 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Vaping users in the state must be 21 to buy products, though those products have become popular among youths, especially those that are flavored. Meredith Cohn, baltimoresun.com, "Some medical marijuana users in Maryland reporting symptoms amid spate of vaping-related illness," 12 Sep. 2019 But spooky season is definitely upon us; Halloween decorations and pumpkin spice-flavored everything are starting to hit the shelves at Houston-area stores already. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "When Houston-area haunted houses open for the fall 2019 season," 6 Sep. 2019 Most of my first beauty products were cherry-flavored. Allure, "Why Cherry Is the Trendiest Skin-Care Ingredient of the Fall," 29 Aug. 2019 There are some clear classics, like steak frites and brick chicken, but instead of bread, there's biscuits, the mussels are flavored with country ham and there's a local fried rabbit dish. Polly Campbell, Cincinnati.com, "And the best bistros in Greater Cincinnati are ...," 28 Aug. 2019 The cow called Daydream produces the milk that flavors all Milk House caramels. Deborah Hornblow, courant.com, "Boutique Farms: Creative And Resourceful Farmers Find Their Artisanal Niche," 25 June 2019 Whether they're flavored with champagne, dusted with gold or even contain real diamonds, these expensive ice creams are sure to satisfy any gourmet sweet tooth. 1. Fox News, "The world's most expensive ice cream and frozen treats," 3 Aug. 2016 Black bass rests in a sauce flavored with saffron and fennel that conjures bouillabaisse; its smoothness summons a textbook bistro bisque. Los Angeles Times, "Review: At Bon Temps in Downtown L.A., the brilliant desserts are only the beginning," 29 Aug. 2019 No Bologna Coney: Italian mortadella pork sausage flavored with pistachios and Mancini’s pepper blend, served on a buttered and toasted split-top bun, and topped with mild muffuletta olive and pepper salad. Nancy Ngo, Twin Cities, "The new State Fair foods and where to find them," 20 Aug. 2019

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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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