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 All of them are easy to make, requiring 30 minutes or less of active time, and will appeal to a wide range of palates with both sweet and savory flavors. Paul Stephen,, "Make the most of the last of Texas’ strawberry season with the berries in breakfast, appetizer, dinner and dessert dishes," 6 May 2020 The three flavors—lemon lavender, blood orange cardamom, and grapefruit rosemary—have just a touch of sweetness from the addition of agave, which is counteracted by an appealing skunky undercurrent on the palate. Outside Online, "Canned Drinks Are the Newest Products for the CBD Crowd," 7 Mar. 2020 The wine’s citrus, raspberry and chalk flavors slip and slide all over the palate. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Escape to the Andes for high elevation pinot noir," 25 Mar. 2020 In that case, head for Oga’s Cantina, where delights like the Fuzzy Tauntaun ($16) not only tickle the palate with citrus and peach flavors (the vodka and schnapps help) but tingle the lips – literally. Amy Drew Thompson,, "At Galaxy’s Edge, food and drink are another layer in the Star Wars experience," 28 Aug. 2019 Allow the complex flavors to stimulate your palate. Los Angeles Times, "Dark times, dark recipes," 24 Apr. 2020 The Fred Minnick Show The Fred Minnick Show features spirits author, historian and curator Fred Minnick, who interviews musicians and pairs whiskeys to their palates. Savannah Eadens, The Courier-Journal, "Looking for something new to do? Check out these 30+ Louisville podcasts to keep you busy," 20 Apr. 2020 And though the risotto certainly didn’t offend my palate, the routine was its own reward. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "The Best Kind of Food to Cook During a Pandemic," 18 Mar. 2020 The Wine Bin is offering a wine and spirits class on Oct. 25 at 7 p.m., with the goal of training your palate. Janet Kusterer,, "Something for everyone this Halloween season in Ellicott City," 17 Oct. 2019

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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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The first known use of palate was in the 14th century

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30 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Palate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 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.


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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