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fore·​taste ˈfȯr-ˌtāst How to pronounce foretaste (audio)
: a small anticipatory sample
: an advance indication or warning


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fore·​taste fȯr-ˈtāst How to pronounce foretaste (audio)
foretasted; foretasting; foretastes

transitive verb

: to taste beforehand : anticipate
Choose the Right Synonym for foretaste

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

Example Sentences

Noun These layoffs are only a foretaste of what's to come.
Recent Examples on the Web
This year's fire behavior may be just a foretaste of what's to come. Tom Yulsman, Discover Magazine, 4 Sep. 2017 The festival will also offer grants for initiatives highlighting or supporting women in genre, produce posters of 20 great women creators and give a foretaste of a 2023 exhibition on monsters and nightmares created by women. Callum Mclennan, Variety, 4 Oct. 2022 The China results are a foretaste of what could be in store for rivals like Louis Vuitton owner LVMH, and Gucci’s parent Kering which both report at the end of July. Kevin Rozario, Forbes, 16 July 2022 But Chicago was a city of immigrants who gave it a foretaste of European politics. Ron Grossman, Chicago Tribune, 13 May 2022 On Tuesday, opposition leaders offered a tangy foretaste of those attacks. New York Times, 19 Apr. 2022 But the Civil War experience proved to be a foretaste of modern monetary policy. Roger Lowenstein, WSJ, 4 Mar. 2022 However, to have just a foretaste at Sublimotion is so exciting. Nel-olivia Waga, Forbes, 11 Nov. 2021 These pressures could very well intensify, providing a possible foretaste of what could be on the near-term horizon, until Europe manages a credible and sustainable transition to renewable energy. David A. Andelman, CNN, 16 Oct. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of foretaste was in the 15th century

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“Foretaste.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a sample or partial experience of something that will not be fully experienced until later
the cold day was a foretaste of winter

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