savor

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noun

sa·​vor ˈsā-vər How to pronounce savor (audio)
variants or less commonly savour
1
: the taste or smell of something
2
: a particular flavor or smell
3
: a distinctive quality
savorless adjective
savorous
ˈsā-vər-əs How to pronounce savor (audio)
ˈsāv-rəs
adjective

savor

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verb

variants or less commonly savour
savored also savoured; savoring also savouring ˈsā-vər-iŋ How to pronounce savor (audio)
ˈsāv-riŋ

intransitive verb

: to have a specified smell or quality : smack

transitive verb

1
: to give flavor to : season
2
a
: to have experience of : taste
b
: to taste or smell with pleasure : relish
c
: to delight in : enjoy
savoring the moment
savorer noun

Examples of savor in a Sentence

Noun Without her love, life has lost its savor for me. a gourmet who can identify the ingredients in any dish solely by their savor Verb He savored the aroma of the baking pies. They savored every last morsel of food. She was just savoring the moment. The team is still savoring its victory. He savored the memories of his vacation. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
S'well Ice Cream Chiller View On Amazon View On Revolve Since ice cream is a delicious treat to savor, your sister will enjoy being able to eat it while on the go. Moriah Mason, Southern Living, 28 Nov. 2023 Wall Lizards and Arum Lilies The Lilford's wall lizard savors the smell and the seeds of the dead horse arum lily in the Balearic Islands off of Spain, while the lily travels (and spreads) through the lizard's digestive tract. Sean Mowbray, Discover Magazine, 25 Oct. 2023 Though a visit to Napa Valley requires nothing more than a desire to slow down and savor, there are a number of new, buzzy openings across food, wine, and accommodations that justify prioritizing a trip to Northern California right now. Nicole Kliest, Vogue, 5 Sep. 2023 These differences are part of the wine connoisseur-like enjoyment of honey, and tasters savor strains that differ even from one harvest to the next. Eliza McGraw, Washington Post, 12 Sep. 2023 Sip, savor and seek thrills with the museum’s unique selection of bourbon experiences. The Courier-Journal, 2 Sep. 2023 Or that other songs tell us to ford streams, savor life’s small details or say good night. Zachary Pincus-Roth, Washington Post, 17 Aug. 2023 Indulge in upscale South American cuisine at Toro Toro, savor handcrafted cocktails at Bayou & Bottle, and relax in the serene rooftop pool. James Barrett, ELLE Decor, 27 July 2023 This three-ingredient applesauce is the best way to savor fall apples all year. Andrea Beck, Better Homes & Gardens, 26 July 2023
Verb
Sharing with others and discussing the wines, our impressions … brings the wine to life and makes just drinking wine more of an experience to be savored. Lana Bortolot, Forbes, 29 Nov. 2023 In due course, my grandparents joined a country club, where Poppa played golf, smoked cigars, and savored his Scotch on the rocks. Bob Brody, Fortune, 23 Nov. 2023 Embracing the calm ambiance, families revel in moments of tranquility, sculpting sandcastles and savoring leisurely strolls along the shoreline, immersing themselves in the essence of serenity. 4. Maeghan Dolph, Fox News, 19 Nov. 2023 He’s always savored his memories of digging into the small stars submerged in steamy chicken broth, so he was disappointed to learn that Ronzoni—a popular pasta brand—discontinued the beloved product across the US earlier this year (which sent social media into a frenzy). Ashia Aubourg, SELF, 2 Nov. 2023 The only sound is the squish of sneakers on that turf as Bryce McDonald jogs around the perimeter with a friend, savoring every step. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, 10 Nov. 2023 This category is for he who will appreciate a wild card gift and savor the element of surprise. Todd Plummer, Condé Nast Traveler, 10 Nov. 2023 Bread lovers can savor a hunk of toasted garlic bread on the side. Mary Shannon Wells, Southern Living, 27 Oct. 2023 After dinner, González Nieves visited tables sharing a special bottle of Joven, pouring it into thin-stemmed glasses for guests to savor neat. Megan Conway, New York Times, 19 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French savur, from Latin sapor, from sapere to taste — more at sage

First Known Use

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of savor was in the 13th century

Dictionary Entries Near savor

Cite this Entry

“Savor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/savor. Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition

savor

1 of 2 noun
sa·​vor ˈsā-vər How to pronounce savor (audio)
1
: the taste and odor of something
2
: something clearly marking one as different from others
savorless adjective

savor

2 of 2 verb
savored; savoring ˈsāv-(ə-)riŋ How to pronounce savor (audio)
1
: to have a specified smell or quality
2
: to give flavor to
3
: to taste or smell with pleasure : relish
savorer noun

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