sa·​vor | \ ˈsā-vər How to pronounce savor (audio) \
variants: or less commonly savour

Definition of savor

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the taste or smell of something
2 : a particular flavor or smell
3 : a distinctive quality


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

Definition of savor (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to have a specified smell or quality : smack

transitive verb

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

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Other Words from savor


savorless \ ˈsā-​vər-​ləs How to pronounce savor (audio) \ adjective
savorous \ ˈsā-​vər-​əs How to pronounce savor (audio) , ˈsāv-​rəs \ adjective


savorer \ ˈsā-​vər-​ər How to pronounce savor (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for savor

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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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 Food writer Casey Barber says May is the sweetest time to savor strawberries. Casey Barber, CNN, 9 May 2022 Now, however, the internet seems to be on the same page as me, seeing as Twitter is rife right now with flavor savor content surrounding these photos. Nicola Dall'asen, Allure, 27 Apr. 2022 With the opening of the Avengers campus at Disney California Adventure last year, several food stations in that area of the park are also offering bite-size festival food items that can be purchased with a sip and savor pass. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Mar. 2022 Sit down to savor Priscilla Long’s evocative musings on writing. Longreads, 24 Jan. 2022 Or savor adults-only programming featuring unique guest speakers, great music, specialty films, and one-of-a-kind activities. San Francisco Chronicle, 25 Jan. 2022 Spin that vinyl and savor every subtle hiss and pop from purely analog audio. Matt Jancer, Wired, 17 Nov. 2021 This is a cashless event in which participants can purchase $4 tokens to savor drinks and sample-sized food from the many beer and spirit booths and food vendors. The Salt Lake Tribune, 15 Nov. 2021 Smashing that pulp gives the resulting gravy body, tanginess and aromas that make guests wonder — and savor — what is in it. New York Times, 9 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb His wife and caddie, Nicki, got to savor the experience along the way on his four-day roll. John Zenor, Hartford Courant, 15 May 2022 Intense aromas of black currants, black cherries and dark earth waft out of the glass, along with lighter scents of cedar, rose and espresso, making this wine one to savor. Jeanette Hurt, Forbes, 7 May 2022 In the past, farming families ate them without any sauce to best savor the Piedmont recipe's ingredients. Silvia Marchetti, CNN, 26 Apr. 2022 While Aldean seemed to savor these little social media fires, his music has simmered. Washington Post, 22 Apr. 2022 Cross didn’t have a whole lot of time to savor the award Wednesday. Jeff Vorva,, 13 Apr. 2022 Take time to savor the sweeping views of the Verde Valley. Roger Naylor, The Arizona Republic, 4 Apr. 2022 For many of us who had really begun to savor the rewards of grownup movies by the early 1980s, the loss of William Hurt, who died today at 71, cuts deep. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 Mar. 2022 The Spurs, young and old, plan to savor another night on an NBA court against a living legend. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, 6 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of savor


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


13th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for savor


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

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“Savor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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sa·​vor | \ ˈsā-vər How to pronounce savor (audio) \

Kids Definition of savor

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the taste or smell of something … the air was full of the savor of clover fields …— Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables the savor of fresh mint


savored; savoring

Kids Definition of savor (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to taste or smell with pleasure I savored my meal.
2 : to delight in The team savored its victory.

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