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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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 And if that's doesn't satisfy your sports palate, MLB superstar Albert Pujols is closing on his 3,000th hit, and could achieve the historic feat when his Los Angeles Angels face the Baltimore Orioles in Southern California. Editors, USA TODAY, "Arizona teachers strike, World Press Freedom Day: 5 things to know Thursday," 3 May 2018 In a 1999 bottle, the mother rock reveals herself in a smoky minerality that lingers on the palate for minutes. Christopher Ross, WSJ, "The Hidden Valley in the Italian Alps Where Winemakers Are Working Against Nature," 15 Feb. 2019 Sweeten your valentine’s evening and expand their palate with a local chocolate assortment. Nia Martin, The Seattle Times, "Valentine’s Day gifts that celebrate your Seattle love," 4 Feb. 2019 But the friendly vibe here means that those who just want a cold beer will feel just as comfortable as those looking to expand their palate. Emily Spicer, San Antonio Express-News, "The 10 best bars in San Antonio," 4 June 2018 Often, the kids get to expand their palates, even with the staples they're used to eating. Michelle L. Quinn, Post-Tribune, "Students have say in Calumet high school's lunch choices," 26 Apr. 2018 After spending time in Berkeley, California, gracing the kitchens of icons like Alice Waters and others, Chef Stitt expanded his palate and repertoire in London and then the South of France. Country Living, "#5 Meet The Dream Team, Part Two," 3 June 2011

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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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