palate

noun pal·ate \ ˈpa-lət \
Updated on: 20 Nov 2017

Definition of palate

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

  1. The restaurant serves Korean food adapted for the American palate.

  2. She's been working hard on a menu that will please the palates of all her guests.

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Origin and Etymology of palate

Middle English, from Latin palatum



PALATE Defined for English Language Learners

palate

noun

Definition of palate for English Language Learners

  • : the top part of the inside of your mouth : the roof of your mouth

  • : the sense of taste


PALATE Defined for Kids

palate

noun pal·ate \ ˈpa-lət \

Definition of palate for Students

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.

Medical Dictionary

palate

noun 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

Illustration of palate



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