fore·​taste | \ ˈfȯr-ˌtāst \

Definition of foretaste

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


fore·​taste | \ fȯr-ˈtāst, 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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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 The Senate has minor decision-making powers in Cambodian politics, primarily rubber-stamping legislation, but the foregone conclusion of Sunday’s vote will be a foretaste of a general election for the National Assembly. Sopheng Cheang, The Seattle Times, "Cambodia’s ruling party has sure lock on Senate election," 24 Feb. 2018 The recent stock market rumpus has been set off in part by fears that a tight labor market and quickening wage growth are a foretaste of higher inflation and interest rates. Author: Patricia Cohen, Anchorage Daily News, "Where did your pay raise go? It may have become a bonus," 11 Feb. 2018 The cold and wintry precipitation expected during a not-so-super weather weekend might be a foretaste of what’s to come, as the government’s and commercial forecasts favor a chilly and wet, but not necessarily snowy, February. Anthony R. Wood,, "Groundhog struggles with forecasts; so do humans," 1 Feb. 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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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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