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


These layoffs are only a foretaste of what's to come.

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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 This conflict within the administration is likely to be only a foretaste of the larger problems that will inevitably emerge if, as is likely, Trump’s overblown sales pitch runs ashore of reality. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Trump Administration tweets optimism while North Korea increases nuclear production.," 2 July 2018 More From Mansion Its role as a commercial property was a foretaste of Hogarth House’s next chapter. Ruth Bloomfield, WSJ, "Virginia Woolf’s Onetime Home Listed for $4.62 Million," 19 Apr. 2018 In a foretaste of Saturday night's title game, SLU defeated SFA 73-62 in the teams' SLC opener in Hammond, La., in late December. Brent Zwerneman, Houston Chronicle, "SFA beats Nicholls to advance to Southland tourney final," 9 Mar. 2018 Critics said the imperious way in which Mr. Xi scored his constitutional coup was a foretaste of how his power could swell into dangerous hubris. Chris Buckley, New York Times, "How Xi Jinping Made His Power Grab: With Stealth, Speed and Guile," 7 Mar. 2018 China’s sorghum move amounts to a foretaste of what U.S. farmers and manufacturers might face now that Mr. Trump has announced a plan to slap 25% tariffs on steel imports and 10% on aluminum. William Mauldin, WSJ, "Fight Over Sorghum Offers a Taste of a Trade Retaliation," 3 Mar. 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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The first known use of foretaste was in the 15th century

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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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to move or obtain by small maneuvers

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