fore·​taste | \ ˈfȯr-ˌtāst How to pronounce foretaste (audio) \

Definition of foretaste

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a small anticipatory sample
2 : an advance indication or warning


fore·​taste | \ fȯr-ˈtāst How to pronounce foretaste (audio) , ˈfȯr-ˌtāst \
foretasted; foretasting; foretastes

Definition of foretaste (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to taste beforehand : anticipate

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prospect, outlook, anticipation, foretaste mean an advance realization of something to come. prospect implies expectation of a particular event, condition, or development of definite interest or concern. the prospect of a quiet weekend outlook suggests a forecasting of the future. a favorable outlook for the economy anticipation implies a prospect or outlook that involves advance suffering or enjoyment of what is foreseen. the anticipation of her arrival foretaste implies an actual though brief or partial experience of something forthcoming. the frost was a foretaste of winter

Examples of foretaste in a Sentence

Noun These layoffs are only a foretaste of what's to come.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Dante fought in the cavalry at Campaldino, and war must have given him a foretaste of Hell. Judith Thurman, The New Yorker, 13 Sep. 2021 By the Sixties, the denunciation of nostalgia had become a liberal ritual, but such skirmishes provided only a foretaste of the campaign that followed. Christopher Lasch, Harper's Magazine, 22 June 2021 But many worry that the incident is just a foretaste of what will happen if the new bill is enacted. The Economist, 14 Mar. 2021 With more local elections expected later this year, the arguing over Lyon’s school meals offered a foretaste of broader political battles to come. John Leicester, Anchorage Daily News, 23 Feb. 2021 At the beginning of 2020, certain reality shows had turned isolation into entertainment in an unknowing foretaste of the immediate future. New York Times, 19 Jan. 2021 The action is also, in all likelihood, a prophetic foretaste of where this group might go once Trump is finally out of office. Matthew Avery Sutton, The New Republic, 14 Jan. 2021 The chaos of trucks stuck on British highways and at a former airfield in the surrounding countryside in Kent seemed to offer a foretaste, writ large, of what life outside the European Union might mean. New York Times, 26 Dec. 2020 The trade upheaval just 10 days before Britain’s post-Brexit transition period is due to end gave the country a foretaste of what could ensue. Alex Morales,, 21 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of foretaste


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Foretaste.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of foretaste

: a small or short experience of something that will not be fully experienced until later

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