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.

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If people want to escape from the tornadoes of color and clings and clangs in the restaurants and casino below, then beige is an appropriate corneal palate cleanser. Christopher Muther,, "Fifty shades of beige: Welcome to the Encore Boston Harbor hotel," 28 June 2019 During other periods of time, alcohol may affect the palate, teeth, heart, limbs, even the genitals. Anchorage Daily News, "‘He looks so normal’: When it comes to FASDs, there’s no such thing as predictability," 24 June 2019 The pale ale has a great hop aroma that excites the palate, like the smoke at a barbecue joint. Eric Velasco,, "8 tasty Birmingham beer and barbecue pairings," 6 June 2019 Donahoe swabs the palate of our mouth, then squishes our right small intestine like a panini. Karen Helle,, "Go ahead, hate Goop; Gwyneth Paltrow is having the last laugh," 14 June 2018 The first phase begins around age 8, lasts about 12 months, and often includes a combination of braces and a palate expander, a therapy used to widen the upper jaw. Anna Nguyen,, "What's the latest in orthodontic care?," 6 Apr. 2018 The dinner includes an oyster trio (grilled, baked and raw), a market salad made with produce from a local farmer’s market, venison, and a homemade watermelon popsicle to refresh your palate before the lemon meringue dessert. 6 p.m. June 13. San Diego Union-Tribune, "The Dish: South American tea-centric cafe comes to Pacific Beach," 6 June 2019 Yosses would remain there for seven years, looking on with interest as the nation—and its palate—adapted to the Obama years. Marley Marius, Vogue, "Meet Bill Yosses, the Four Seasons Restaurant’s Brilliant Pastry Chef," 5 May 2019 Customers rate their bottles after consumption, and the company’s system uses these ratings to curate your next box based off of your palate. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "5 Wine Subscription Services that Will Make You Feel like a Sommelier," 10 Oct. 2018

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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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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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