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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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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“Palate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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How to pronounce palate (audio)

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.


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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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