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 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 Some of the items targeted for removal could return in an altered form more palatable to conservatives, while others will not be resurrected. Scott Bauer,, "Wisconsin Republicans to vote down medical and recreational marijuana, other Gov. Tony Evers’ state budget proposals," 30 Apr. 2021 Biden will almost certainly reach a compromise on a tax increase with Senate Republicans that’s more palatable to investors, Baumohl says. USA Today, "How U.S. economy has performed during Biden's first 100 days — in 7 charts," 28 Apr. 2021 For the better part of the 20th century, the word lemon evoked bitterness, just a sour citrus that needed copious amounts of sugar to make something palatable to sell at sidewalk lemonade stands. Bill Ward Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Lemon-tinted herbs perking up sweet and savory dishes," 21 Apr. 2021 The result will be a more palatable version that fits into the standard for major endorsement deals and campaigns. Sanya Osha, Quartz, "Is the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ready for Fela Kuti?," 18 Apr. 2021 For the big oil companies, a more palatable portfolio mix is many years away, leaving them stuck in a no-man’s-land. Rochelle Toplensky, WSJ, "Oil Majors Face Tough Choices Even With Higher Prices," 13 Apr. 2021 This means the net annual fee for the Sapphire Reserve is $250 — a much more palatable sum. Darren Murph, CNN Underscored, "Chase Sapphire Preferred vs. Chase Sapphire Reserve: Which credit card is best for you?," 8 Apr. 2021 Strip away the superfluous M Sport add-ons ($7100 combined) and the $1700 Driver Assistance Professional package and the price becomes more palatable. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2021 BMW X5 xDrive45e Prioritizes Quickness and Range," 23 Mar. 2021 Taken together, the events of early March are the most significant yet in China’s efforts to reengineer the boisterous Hong Kong into a more palatable, and more subservient, city. Timothy Mclaughlin, The Atlantic, "Hong Kong on Trial," 22 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of palatable

1662, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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