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
palatabilityplay \ˌpa-lə-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
palatablyplay \ˈpa-lə-tə-blē\ adverb
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Examples of palatable in a Sentence
a less than palatable beer
I did not find the idea of moving again very palatable.
Did You Know?
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.
First Known Use of palatable
Synonym Discussion of palatable
PALATABLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of palatable for English Language Learners
: having a pleasant or agreeable taste
: pleasant or acceptable to someone
PALATABLE Defined for Kids
Definition of palatable for Students
: pleasant to the taste
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