sa·​ti·​ety | \sə-ˈtī-ə-tē also ˈsā-sh(ē-)ə- \

Definition of satiety 

1 : the quality or state of being fed or gratified to or beyond capacity : surfeit, fullness

2 : the revulsion or disgust caused by overindulgence or excess

Keep scrolling for more

Is This History of satiety Enough?

You may have guessed that "satiety" is related to "satisfy," "satiate" (meaning "to satisfy fully or to excess"), or "sate" (which means "to glut" or "to satisfy to the full"). If so, you guessed right. "Satiety," along with the others, ultimately comes from the Latin word satis, which means "enough." English speakers apparently couldn’t get enough of "satis-" derived words in the 15th and 16th centuries, which is when all of these words entered the language. "Satiety" itself was borrowed into English in 1541 from the Middle French word satieté of the same meaning.

Examples of satiety in a Sentence

eating beyond the point of satiety

Recent Examples on the Web

And while a typical serving of oatmeal provides 4-6 grams of protein, adding higher protein ingredients can help bump up the satiety factor even more. Patricia Bannan, Fox News, "10 dietitian-approved breakfasts to keep you full longer," 15 Aug. 2018 Her recipes aren't lacking in satiety or flavor, though, and her food photos will make even the most staunch carnivore want to give Meatless Monday a try. Christine Byrne, SELF, "15 of the Best Healthy Food Bloggers to Follow on Pinterest," 11 Apr. 2018 For many people, that shift is marked by feelings of steady energy and well-being, along with a satiety that helps with weight loss. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "I Hacked My Body So You Don't Have To," 25 June 2018 Eggs are also a good source of protein, which can help satiety and reduce the risk of obesity, another risk factor for heart problems. Alice Park, Time, "Eating an Egg a Day May Keep Heart Disease Away, a New Study Says," 21 May 2018 And soups provide a sense of fullness and satiety in a modest package. Lisa Drayer, CNN, "Travel snacks, as picked by nutritionists," 18 May 2018 But while those who give in to food cravings and binge at night may blame flagging willpower, a new study suggests the problem could lie in the complex orchestra of hormones that drive hunger and signal feelings of satiety, or fullness. Roni Caryn Rabin, New York Times, "Binge Eating at Night? Your Hormones May Be to Blame," 30 Jan. 2018 Fat can have a strong satiety effect, but following this recommendation may not be comfortable for everyone. Daniel Schultz, Ms, SELF, "Here’s What You Should Know Before Going on the Keto Diet," 16 Apr. 2018 Since the hormone ghrelin, which increases your appetite, was lower during the day in the breakfast group, these women also experienced higher levels of satiety, or that feeling of fullness, throughout the day. Joan Salge Blake,, "Why you should eat breakfast like a king and dinner like a pauper," 9 Apr. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'satiety.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of satiety

1541, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for satiety

Middle French satieté, from Latin satietat-, satietas, from satis

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about satiety

Listen to Our Podcast about satiety

Dictionary Entries near satiety








Statistics for satiety

Last Updated

20 Nov 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for satiety

The first known use of satiety was in 1541

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for satiety



English Language Learners Definition of satiety

: a feeling or condition of being full after eating food


sa·​ti·​ety | \sə-ˈtī-ət-ē also ˈsā-sh(ē-)ət-\
plural satieties

Medical Definition of satiety 

: the quality or state of being fed or gratified to or beyond capacity

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on satiety

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with satiety

Britannica English: Translation of satiety for Arabic Speakers Encyclopedia article about satiety

Comments on satiety

What made you want to look up satiety? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


having a pattern of small flowers

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Find the Cousins

  • a-large-tree-with-many-branches
  • Which pair shares a common word ancestor?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!