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 But according to the brand's official announcement, the use of oat milk amplifies the beer's haze and adds to its silky soft, creamy mouthfeel. Olivia Harrison,, "Oat Milk Has Made Its Way Into IPAs — What Will Hipsters Say?," 1 Oct. 2020 Fat makes food taste better by creating a creamy mouthfeel and intensifying flavors, as SELF previously reported. Sarah-jane Bedwell, SELF, "21 Healthy High-Fat Foods to Keep You Full and Satisfied," 30 Sep. 2020 It's brewed with Strata, Simcoe, Columbus and Citra and has a solid mouthfeel. Marc Bona, cleveland, "11 beers to sip in August (photos)," 2 Aug. 2020 This substitute for sour cream, yogurt or cream cheese is less tangy but still has the mouthfeel of dairy. Judy Walker,, "Check out these recipes for healthy snacks, whether you love crunchy, sweet or creamy treats," 9 Sep. 2020 Beautiful mouthfeel, slight creaminess, a hint of fresh lemon and orange flavors, and a very balanced hoppy finish. Marc Bona, cleveland, "14 beers to sip in September (photos)," 6 Sep. 2020 The milkfat gives ice cream its smoothness and rich mouthfeel. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "This Wisconsin dairy product (cream) is in high demand (for good reason)," 12 Aug. 2020 The incredibly creamy mouthfeel, the slight sweetness. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "The Oat Milk Craze Isn't Going Anywhere," 6 Aug. 2020 Dandelion Chocolate lauds the chips for their velvety mouthfeel. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Of Course Someone from Tesla Redesigned the Chocolate Chip," 6 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of mouthfeel

1951, in the meaning defined above

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13 Oct 2020

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“Mouthfeel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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