mouth·​feel | \ ˈmau̇th-ˌfēl How to pronounce mouthfeel (audio) \

Definition of mouthfeel

: the sensation created by food or drink in the mouth

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Do you sometimes find yourself trying to describe a concept or phenomenon for which you don't have a word? In such cases, it is not unusual for people to coin neologisms (new words or expressions) to describe such concepts or phenomena - the pink glow on the underside of gray clouds right before sunset, for example, or the sensation created in the mouth by a particular item of food or drink. Indeed, this latter concept has already been given a name, "mouthfeel," a simple combination of "mouth" and "feel" that can be used to describe the creamy warmth of a mushroom soup or the dry, velvety sensation of a pinot noir. This coinage is relatively new; its earliest known use dates back only to 1951.

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Alcohol levels are used to shape a beer’s flavor and mouthfeel. Peter Rowe, San Diego Union-Tribune, "The $100 million question: what ever happened to True Craft?," 27 June 2019 Flash brew is Verve’s new iced coffee that’s sort of the anti-cold brew — the coffee is brewed hot, quickly chilled in an oxygen-free environment and infused with nitrogen to provide a creamy mouthfeel. Janelle Bitker,, "Verve Coffee Roasters opens first Palo Alto cafe this week," 17 June 2019 The result is a cornucopia of white flowers and tropical fruit flavors, with waxy mouthfeel. Dave Mcintyre, Washington Post, "Floral and lush, this $12 South African white wine blend blossoms in your glass," 14 June 2019 The thirst-quenching results are light with a floral zing and crisp mouthfeel. Jay R. Brooks, The Mercury News, "6 superb California craft lagers for summer," 3 June 2019 Apricot plus other stone and tropical fruits give way to a soft mouthfeel, minerality and a nutty finish with a tiny pinch of lime. Michael Austin,, "Explore Michigan's diverse wine scene, one of the country's most exciting developing regions," 5 July 2018 From Old Mission Peninsula, this wine delivers peach and pear with a balancing nuttiness, luxuriously soft mouthfeel and a clean finish. $22 2016 Mari Vineyards Dry Riesling. Michael Austin,, "Explore Michigan's diverse wine scene, one of the country's most exciting developing regions," 5 July 2018 With notes of fennel, apricot, peach, vanilla and nuts, this wine’s lively bubbles gave it a creamy mouthfeel. Michael Austin, The Seattle Times, "Trentodoc is the budget answer to Champagne you need to know," 11 Sep. 2018 The use of coconut oil resulted in a greasy mouthfeel, and the once-sweet flavor of the carrots was flattened out and metallic. Chris Morocco, Bon Appetit, "Gluten-Free Carrot Cake," 14 May 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'mouthfeel.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of mouthfeel

1951, in the meaning defined above

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