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

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 Treat yourself to sundaes with skyline views, stroll through street festivals, and for the truly daring, test your palate at a Malort pop-up. Grace Wong,, "5 things to eat, drink, do: Build rooftop sundaes, try Malort sausages and more this weekend," 7 June 2018 Princess Charlotte, age 3, has a sophisticated snack palate. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Princess Charlotte Has a Surprisingly Sophisticated Favorite Snack," 5 Feb. 2019 Here’s how Danler writes about salt, in the midst of a chapter in which developing a palate serves as a broader metaphor for Tess’s first experiences with New York, the restaurant, and her new co-workers: SALT: your mouth waters itself. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "The delectable possibility and bland reality of Sweetbitter," 25 May 2018 The dancers play an incredibly important role, each providing a different movement color palate for his choreographic canvas. Marcia Manna,, "Malashock looks to the future as it celebrates 30 years of dance-making," 15 Mar. 2018 Here’s a truly palate pleasing affair: Belly up to the bar at Ranger Creek and order (at least) one of the tasting flights offered. San Antonio Express-News, "Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling," 8 Mar. 2018 Join the queue for a small tub of soya: barely sweet, custard-soft tofu that satisfies, variously, as a dessert, an appetizer, a palate-cleanser, or a digestif. Hanya Yanagihara, Condé Nast Traveler, "50 Things to Do in Asia Before You Die," 24 Sep. 2018 While learning all about food and wine and developing her own palate with the help of her new co-workers, Tess also gets sucked in to the darker sides of the business. Olivia Harrison,, "The Wine You Should Drink With The Premiere Episode Of Sweetbitter," 7 May 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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