pal·​ate | \ ˈpa-lət How to pronounce palate (audio) \

Definition of palate

1 : the roof of the mouth separating the mouth from the nasal cavity — see hard palate, soft palate
2a : a usually intellectual taste or liking too ornate for my palate … I heard a little too much preaching … and lost my palate for it.— George Eliot
b : the sense of taste serves Korean food adapted for the American palate

Examples of palate in a Sentence

The restaurant serves Korean food adapted for the American palate. She's been working hard on a menu that will please the palates of all her guests.
Recent Examples on the Web The cooked agave notes really shine through on the palate, with a bit of citrus, vanilla and baking spice as well. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 2 Aug. 2022 Roses, cherry and almond waft out of the glass, then followed on the palate with a bright cherry-forward flavor profile. Lana Bortolot, Forbes, 31 July 2022 These flavors follow through on the palate, with a dose of dry tannin, tobacco, vanilla and freshly ground coffee beans. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 23 July 2022 The Costa do Sol actually leans more toward an apricot orchard than a citrus grove, which gives it a satisfying fullness on the palate. Dave Mcintyre, Washington Post, 21 July 2022 The spirit leaves a lingering velvet mouth feel on the palate. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, 19 July 2022 The Vintage Collection Dosage Zero 2016, from an outstanding vintage, a blend of 65% Chardonnay, 13% Pinot Bianco and 22% Pinot Nero, displays beautiful balance, rich fruit on the palate and in the finish, lively acidity and excellent persistence. Tom Hyland, Forbes, 18 July 2022 Using just one hop, citra, ‘Gansett crafts a beer with just enough spice and grapefruit flavor to be interesting, all while remaining light on the palate. Globe Staff,, 5 July 2022 Frost Town will also have at least one darker beer at all times, opening with the Rhine Bier Altbier, which is dark in color but still very refreshing on the palate. Emma Balter, Chron, 27 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of palate

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for palate

Middle English, from Latin palatum

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11 Aug 2022

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“Palate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for palate


pal·​ate | \ ˈpa-lət How to pronounce palate (audio) \

Kids Definition of palate

1 : the top area of the inside of the mouth made up of a bony front part ( hard palate ) and a soft flexible back part ( soft palate )
2 : the sense of taste This is too spicy for my palate.


pal·​ate | \ ˈpal-ət How to pronounce palate (audio) \

Medical Definition of palate

: the roof of the mouth separating the mouth from the nasal cavity — see hard palate, soft palate


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