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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Recent Examples on the Web Slight tannins on the mouthfeel without being overwhelming. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 7 Oct. 2021 With government support to facilitate research and development, alternative meats could be indistinguishable from conventional meat in taste and mouthfeel. Bruce Friedrich And Anand Gopal, CNN, 30 Sep. 2021 Light-copper colored, a little spicy and with a creamy, almost glycerol mouthfeel, this has tropical undertones and tangy red berries. Lana Bortolot, Forbes, 21 Sep. 2021 Though lacking the depth and complexity of an alcoholic craft beer, Run Wild offers a breadth of flavors that partly makes up for alcohol’s absence, along with the mouthfeel of real beer: frisky, foamy, pillowy. John Seabrook, The New Yorker, 20 Sep. 2021 Many public-health groups have for years vocally opposed the sale of menthol cigarettes, arguing that menthol’s cool mouthfeel and minty flavor makes cigarettes more palatable and appealing, particularly to young people. Jamie Ducharme, Time, 29 Apr. 2021 Coffee's mouthfeel is often attributed to sugars and fats. ABC News, 29 Aug. 2021 Their meads, honey wines that harken back to medieval times but have made a comeback, offer the mouthfeel of an English cider with varying levels of dry to fruity with apple, citrus, herbal, and floral flavors., 24 Aug. 2021 Professional booze tasters often talk (sometimes snootily) about a drink’s nose, taste, mouthfeel, and finish. Adam Rogers, Wired, 2 Aug. 2021

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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14 Oct 2021

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“Mouthfeel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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