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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After a few films where the fate of the entire universe hung in the balance—Infinity War, Black Panther, Thor: Ragnarok—Marvel needed a palate-cleanser, a movie that wasn’t all-or-nothing. Angela Watercutter, WIRED, "Ant-Man and the Wasp and the Importance of Small Stories in Big Universes," 5 July 2018 The 2016 Michele Chiarlo Le Marne Gavi DOCG ($19.95) is full of aromatic citrus and mineral characteristics with lime and green apple flavors on the palate, making it a perfect choice for this salad. Carole Kotkin, miamiherald, "There's nothing vanilla about cooking with fragrant, homemade vanilla," 13 June 2018 Citrus fruits in particular, such as oranges, impart rich aromatics that are very refreshing on the palate. Time, "Weekend Recipe: A Flourless Orange Cake," 8 June 2018 Artist Jeff Chelf then took that color palate and used a variety of South American wood types to create a sculpture image that mimics the look of the rainforest in profile and evokes images of soil profiles. Marissa Fessenden, Smithsonian, "Scientific Images Make Dazzling Art In a Duke University Exhibit," 12 July 2018 Cancer patients often give up on flavorful foods and alcoholic drinks during chemotherapy, but in the Czech Republic, where beer is the national beverage, one company is raising awareness for the palate changes that affect oncologic patients. Caroline Judelson, Fox News, "Czech beer brewed to aid cancer patients with loss of taste, appetite," 10 July 2018 The lemon acts like a curtain, so the first impression is of tartness before the palate opens up to reveal the interplay of the other ingredients. Michael Bauer,, "Sorrel off to a stellar start in Pacific Heights," 6 July 2018 Come summertime, chefs at Louisville restaurants adapt to our wish for light, refreshing fare with menu updates designed to tantalize overheated palates. Dana Mcmahan, The Courier-Journal, "How Louisville chefs re-imagine menus when you're just too hot to eat," 3 July 2018 The evening began with a tomato tasting; 18 varietals and Queen of the Nightshade cocktails (yes, crafted by 22Fresh's Hal Brock using tomatoes and Tito's Handmade Vodka) whet palates for the feast that followed. Amber Elliott, Houston Chronicle, "Celebrity "Chefs in the Field" cater Recipe for Success's first Sunday supper at Hope Farms," 27 June 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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