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 palatability (audio) \ noun
palatableness noun
palatably \ ˈpa-​lə-​tə-​blē How to pronounce palatably (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.

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a less than palatable beer I did not find the idea of moving again very palatable.
Recent Examples on the Web And with a difficult road test at Virginia Tech coming up, falling to 2-3 in ACC play wouldn’t be palatable for a team with NCAA Tournament hopes. Staff Reports, Indianapolis Star, "State college basketball Notre Dame falls to N.C. State," 9 Jan. 2020 Sensing opportunity, Ericsson plans to open a new manufacturing plant in Texas in 2020 to make 5G equipment that is palatable to the White House. The Economist, "The World in 2020 The Splinternet of Things threatens 5G’s potential," 25 Dec. 2019 For example, a fresh apple is palatable to most people and provides vital nutrients and calories. Kaitlyn Rohde, The Conversation, "Why it can be hard to stop eating even when you’re full: Some foods may be designed that way," 6 Dec. 2019 But truck-only tolls would likely be more palatable both to the public and among Democratic legislators, some of whom worry that a vote for highway tolls could doom their reelection chances. Russell Blair,, "Capitol Week in Review: Truck-only tolls and colleagues mourn Rep. Linda Orange," 22 Nov. 2019 Without an agreement that's palatable to both Europe and UK lawmakers, Johnson could be forced to ask for another extension to the Brexit deadline. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "Brexit countdown is sending the pound on a wild ride. There's more to come," 16 Oct. 2019 Do the Thunder play with a spirit that is much more palatable with Paul rather than Russell Westbrook? Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "Opinion: As Russell Westbrook returns to Oklahoma City, it's clear Thunder won the trade for Chris Paul," 9 Jan. 2020 In the wars waged since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, Pentagon officials have often offered improbable options to presidents to make other possibilities appear more palatable. New York Times, "As Tensions With Iran Escalated, Trump Opted for Most Extreme Measure," 4 Jan. 2020 That number makes for a more palatable bet as the two teams could easily combine for seven or eight goals. Chris Wassel, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Wild-Sabres odds: Buffalo holds edge over Minnesota," 19 Nov. 2019

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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 17 Feb. 2020.

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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) \

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: pleasant to the taste

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