palatable

adjective
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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Other Words from palatable

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

How Should You Use palatable?

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 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 None of the potential first-round opponents will scare the Red Bulls, but being able to face them at home would surely provide the more palatable route given the club's home/road splits this season. Avi Creditor, SI.com, "Ranking MLS's 12 Decision Day Matches," 30 Sep. 2019 In that case, could allowing two separate but wholly Cuban species to hybridize prove more palatable from a social perspective? Shanna Baker, Smithsonian, "The Quest to Preserve the Last of Castro’s Crocodiles," 21 June 2018 Tickets: sold out; try resellers SeatGeek or StubHub. hawthornetheatre.com Dermot Kennedy Dermot Kennedy’s hybridized folk-hip-hop, if a bit schmaltzy, is more palatable than its category suggests. oregonlive, "Live music in Portland: 25 January concerts you won’t want to miss," 30 Dec. 2019 To MLB’s current crop of owners, spending is only palatable when winning—and in particular, sustained winning—is the result. Jon Tayler, SI.com, "The New World of Cost-Conscious Baseball Has No Room for Dave Dombrowski," 10 Sep. 2019 The image of a tumbleweed rolling across a dusty Western expanse is as American as apple pie—but, of course, less palatable. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Monster Invasive Tumbleweed Is Outgrowing Its Parent Species," 9 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of palatable

1662, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Palatable.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/palatable?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=p&file=palata01. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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palatable

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English Language Learners Definition of palatable

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

palatable

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

Kids Definition of palatable

: pleasant to the taste

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