mouth·​feel ˈmau̇th-ˌfēl How to pronounce mouthfeel (audio)
: 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.

Examples of mouthfeel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web It’s described as a California Cream Ale, but the style is largely European and offers a milky mouthfeel with a touch of vanilla. Nora Heston Tarte, The Mercury News, 13 May 2024 If your child doesn’t like the dissolving sensation or mouthfeel, it can also be dissolved in beverages. Dahlia Rimmon, Parents, 1 May 2024 Tasting Irish whiskey involves a combination of sensations, including the nose, palate, mouthfeel, and finish. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 1 Mar. 2024 The lush texture of this wine is absolutely stunning, and the combination of the outstanding mouthfeel and complex aromatics of crushed rocks, fresh tobacco, and pristine fruit makes this wine a jaw-dropping beauty. Cathrine Todd, Forbes, 10 Feb. 2024 See all Example Sentences for mouthfeel 

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Word History

First Known Use

1951, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of mouthfeel was in 1951


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“Mouthfeel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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