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 palate is layered and dense, with blackberry and anise balanced by savory black olive and a touch of salinity. Sara L. Schneider, Robb Report, 7 June 2021 The weary cells, Kohashi soon discovered, need a sensory palate cleanser—a pause of about a second or more—to recover and reset. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 26 May 2021 After the bitter experience of a three-game sweep by the Dodgers at their own ballpark over the weekend, the Giants got a palate cleanser Tuesday at Chase Field. Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle, 25 May 2021 This is a daily drop and, at just 15 minutes a throw, makes for the perfect palate cleanser between longer, more involved shows. Marc Hershon, Vulture, 13 May 2021 The third, maybe considered a palate cleanser, is topped with more traditional whole-grain mustard. Susan Dunne,, 6 May 2021 If people needed a palate cleanser for their pandemic Twitter timelines, this was it., 4 Apr. 2021 Garcia’s flute made its presence known — particularly when floating over the strings in the gentle lullaby of Bach’s Arioso from Cantata 156, a sort of palate cleanser between the two longer works. Matthew J. Palm,, 22 Feb. 2021 While a bit of flavor on the palate might be sacrificed when whisky is cold, the chill takes away some of the harsh edge. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 25 May 2021

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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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“Palate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of palate

: the top part of the inside of your mouth : the roof of your mouth
: the sense of taste


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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