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 Europe had a foretaste of disaster in the early twentieth century when an unknown disease swept the continent from Scandinavia to southern Italy. Stephanie Pain, Smithsonian Magazine, "Why Tree-Killing Epidemics Are on the Rise," 28 Sep. 2020 But in all—counting the secretariat workers, the press, interpreters, security personnel and assorted lobbyists and observers—about 5,000 people crowded into town, in a foretaste of the General Assembly that clogs New York every September. The Economist, "Time to rediscover statesmanship Three future scenarios for the UN," 20 June 2020 In a foretaste of that contention, members of the House minority withheld a critical vote needed to spend money from the Constitutional Budget Reserve. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska House approves $4.5 billion state operating budget, setting record for speed," 4 Mar. 2020 The dark things in our world and culture and lives today are in fact foretastes of damnation, the beachheads of Hell. Nicholas Frankovich, National Review, "Hell Is Real," 5 Nov. 2019 In August in Chicago, that foretaste comes before the middle of the month, but the principle is the same. Mary Schmich,, "Column: Jump in the lake. Catch a firefly. Eat breakfast outdoors. It’s not too late to enjoy summer.," 2 Aug. 2019 And so as people across Southern California woke up Saturday morning grateful for being spared this time, there was the sense that Friday night’s temblor could have been just a foretaste of something bigger. Tim Arango,, "California earthquake rattles a state wary of the ‘Big One’," 6 July 2019 The Marquesas, Tahiti and Hawaii all offer a foretaste of Gauguin’s late 19th-century Romantic primitivism, but without his depth of passion. Willard Spiegelman, WSJ, "Sailing the Globe in a Gallery," 3 Aug. 2018 The fearsome mountain Pitz Palu looms in the background, offering a foretaste of Fanck’s next movie. New York Times, "The Idolatry of Glaciers, Rocks and Leni Riefenstahl," 22 June 2018

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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 24 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of foretaste

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

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