pal·​ate | \ˈpa-lət \

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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The former is hardy, thick-skinned, and prized for its acidity, while the latter is silkier on the palate with honeyed, peachy overtones. Benjamin Kemper, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Guide to Georgian Wine Country," 5 Sep. 2018 On the palate, the berries at first tasted fresh and held that distinct strawberry flavor, but after about 15 seconds, the puff of smoke hit the back of the throat. Chuck Blount, San Antonio Express-News, "The 4 fruits to put in the smoker, and 5 to avoid," 9 July 2018 Despite the driven, dominating fruit shown on the palate, however, the finish is warm, charming and pleasant, easily inviting you back for another sip. Breanne L. Heldman,, "The Walking Dead's Latest Wines Allow You to Toast Michonne, Maggie and Carol," 21 May 2018 The spirit boasts a bouquet of cantaloupe with notes of pear and banana, while hints of almond and honey help bolster bright melon flavors on the palate. Fox News, "5 of the world’s best flavored vodkas," 11 Dec. 2015 Irish Whiskey on the palate is lighter, much more subtle, and easy drinking. Meghann Foye, Redbook, "6 Things Every Woman Should Know About Whiskey," 4 June 2013 There were royal princes but had children’s palates. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Princess Diana spent her Saturday nights eating McDonald's with sons William and Harry, says former butler," 19 Sep. 2018 Their son, Antoine, now 13, has kept up his grades even while playing sous-chef most nights, and has turned out to have a phenomenal palate. Jonathan Kauffman,, "Baumé in Palo Alto has two Michelin stars — and only two staff," 22 June 2018 The palate is a juicy mix of ripe red fruit and spice. Anne Schamberg, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A dozen irresistible warm-weather wines for $20 or less - available in Milwaukee-area stores," 26 Apr. 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 \

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 \

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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