pal·​at·​able | \ ˈpa-lə-tə-bəl How to pronounce palatable (audio) \

Definition of palatable

1 : agreeable to the palate or taste The restaurant's chicken dishes are quite palatable.
2 : agreeable or acceptable to the mind attempted to make physics palatable to a broader range of students

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palatability \ ˌpa-​lə-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce palatable (audio) \ noun
palatableness noun
palatably \ ˈpa-​lə-​tə-​blē How to pronounce palatable (audio) \ adverb

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palatable, appetizing, savory, tasty, toothsome mean agreeable or pleasant especially to the sense of taste. palatable often applies to something that is found to be merely agreeable. butterflies that birds find palatable appetizing suggests a whetting of the appetite and applies to aroma and appearance as well as taste. appetizing hors d'oeuvres savory applies to both taste and aroma and suggests piquancy and often spiciness. dumplings with savory fillings tasty implies a pronounced taste. a tart and tasty pie toothsome stresses the notion of agreeableness and sometimes implies tenderness or daintiness. an enticing array of toothsome desserts

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Palatable comes from palate, a Latin-derived word for the roof of the mouth. The palate was once thought of as the seat of the sense of taste, so the word eventually came to mean "sense of taste," or broadly, "liking." Palatable has been used in English to refer to palate-pleasing foods since 1619, but it isn't our only—or our oldest—adjective for agreeable tastes. Savory dates from the 14th century. Toothsome has been around since 1551. Tasty was first used in the early 17th century. And appetizing has been gracing culinary reviews since 1653.

Examples of palatable in a Sentence

a less than palatable beer I did not find the idea of moving again very palatable.
Recent Examples on the Web Shasteen says this is probably the most palatable starch since it’s a familiar, though fairly neutral, flavor. Washington Post, "A guide to cornstarch, tapioca, potato starch and other thickeners," 22 Feb. 2021 At the very least, the positive results that have come in recent weeks make this year a little more palatable. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, "Big Ten winners and losers: Wisconsin down along with Michigan football and this highly paid coach," 8 Dec. 2020 The sight of Curry walking toward the locker room with his head down after memorable performances is only palatable for so long. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, "What can Warriors do to maximize what's left of Steph Curry's prime?," 7 Feb. 2021 And the way that Latino identity has served to make these features palatable for white audiences. New York Times, "‘Anything for Selena’ Examines a Singer’s Legacy and Latino Identity," 2 Feb. 2021 The statistical theory for polling might be hard to digest for many, but the general idea of representative sampling is much more palatable. Xiao-li Meng, Scientific American, "The Secret Sauce in Opinion Polling Can Also Be a Source of Spoilage," 6 Dec. 2020 Triller will also tap into traditional boxing matchmakers, promoters and executives with years-long skin in the sport to navigate them as needed, and bring them palatable matchups with fighters with name recognition. Manouk Akopyan, Los Angeles Times, "Snoop Dogg launches boxing league, seeking success where others in hip-hop have failed," 2 Dec. 2020 Or were there things related to race that made Lewis more palatable than, say, Julian Bond (another standout in SNCC whom Lewis defeated in 1986 to claim a seat in Congress)? Washington Post, "Praising the life of John Lewis, and skipping the complexities," 28 Aug. 2020 In contrast, Biden and his public health team will not have the luxury of withholding information or packaging it to make reality seem more palatable. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "The Importance of Brutal Honesty in This Pandemic Winter," 31 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of palatable

1662, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Palatable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of palatable

somewhat formal
: having a pleasant or agreeable taste
: pleasant or acceptable to someone


pal·​at·​able | \ ˈpa-lə-tə-bəl How to pronounce palatable (audio) \

Kids Definition of palatable

: pleasant to the taste

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