savor

noun
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

savor

verb
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

Noun

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

Verb

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Williams pushes the right buttons with the buttery, caramelized sweetness of praline over the crunchy savor of the wings. Ian Mcnulty, NOLA.com, "50 dishes to tell the stories of 2020 and try in 2021 (yes, there’s lots of takeout)," 28 Dec. 2020 With movie theaters closed still in some areas, either of these TVs will make a typical evening of Netflix binging an event to savor. Nick Morton, USA TODAY, "40 unique and romantic gifts for all types of husbands," 28 Oct. 2020 This combo is the perfect counterpoint to the savor and texture of the steak and the soft salty cheese. Christian Reynoso, SFChronicle.com, "A steak salad with strawberry, celery and feta; and roasted strawberry granita," 14 May 2020 His remarks were unpopular among the attendees whose disdain Trump savors. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, "Weekly Trump Report Card: Stage set for Middle East peace plan and impeachment acquittal," 25 Jan. 2020 The chicken piccata is chicken piccata, but the hormone-free meat is more tender than usual, and the sauce fortified with fresh stock is lighter, but still full of flavor, with a lemony, lingering savor. Craig Laban, Philly.com, "Jersey Shore restaurants offer tasty food options from Cape May to LBI," 29 June 2018 Handcraft never ceases to impress Lovers of craft had lots of savor at NYCxDesign this year. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "All the NYCxDesign 2018 highlights you should know," 30 May 2018 The tri-tip was unfortunately dry and might have been better sliced rather than cubed, but the onion rings on top added savor. Kate Washington, sacbee, "Rancho Cordova's Back to the 80's Café is, like, totally rad | The Sacramento Bee," 9 Mar. 2018 The Israeli pianist David Greilsammer savors bold juxtapositions in his programming, as evidenced by a 2014 recording that placed the 18th-century keyboard works of Domenico Scarlatti in intimate dialogue with the music of John Cage. Jeremy Eichler, BostonGlobe.com, "Sparkling Mozart, spellbinding Donizetti, and dancing Bach," 8 Mar. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Amid all the craziness, been little time to acknowledge and savor that. oregonlive, "Biden inauguration: Social media excited, hopeful for new president and vice president," 20 Jan. 2021 His partner, the actress Georgia Groome, was pregnant with their daughter, Wednesday, and the lockdown meant that Grint could savor the early months of her life in the sanctuary of their North London home. New York Times, "Rupert Grint Sees a Stage Mother in His Daughter’s Future," 12 Jan. 2021 If that kind of post-holiday meal suits you, make this Thanksgiving leftover pizza and savor the classic flavors on a slice rather than between bread. Casey Barber, CNN, "You cooked for 20 and fed 6 people. What to do with all of those leftovers," 27 Nov. 2020 No passports or airport pat-downs required for any of the aforementioned, so sit back and savor your flight-free foray into French cuisine. Joanna O'leary, Chron, "Missing travel and craving adventurous cuisine? Take your palate on a trip to France," 12 Nov. 2020 When you’re finally jabbed with the new vaccine, savor our public victory. Clive Thompson, Wired, "Climate Change Needs an Operation Warp Speed," 17 Jan. 2021 Until then, Tennell will savor her return to the top spot. New York Times, "Bradie Tennell Wins Her Second U.S. Figure Skating Title," 16 Jan. 2021 Before the pandemic, Dr. Jennifer Spicer used to savor waking up early. NBC News, "Covid live updates: Latest on vaccine distribution and rising U.S. Covid cases," 6 Jan. 2021 Don’t be turned off by the metal works; you will be rewarded with good views of the L.A. Basin and will be able to savor the hills that are dwarfed by the San Gabriel Mountains to the north. Los Angeles Times, "Do this L.A. night hike on New Year’s Eve," 31 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of savor

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for savor

Noun

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

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

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16 Jan 2021

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“Savor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/savor. Accessed 9 Mar. 2021.

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More Definitions for savor

savor

noun

English Language Learners Definition of savor

 (Entry 1 of 2)

formal
: a good taste or smell
literary : the quality that makes something interesting or enjoyable

savor

verb

English Language Learners Definition of savor (Entry 2 of 2)

formal
: to enjoy the taste or smell of (something) for as long as possible
: to enjoy (something) for a long time

savor

noun
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

savor

verb
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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