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

Keep scrolling for more

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

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

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 McCarthy and his wife, Colleen, owners of Evoo Restaurant in Cambridge and Za in Cambridge and Arlington, savor family time with their children whenever possible. BostonGlobe.com, 6 July 2021 Ever since, many more savor-worthy moments have been rushing into Whitters' climbing-with-a-bullet career. Nancy Kruh, PEOPLE.com, 21 June 2021 Biden has pitched climate action as a kind of infrastructure upgrade, and soaked the urgent scientific language of climate change in a rugged American savor. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, 20 May 2021 There was enough lobster to pick a few pieces off the roll to savor alone and still have plenty in the bread. Chuck Blount, San Antonio Express-News, 14 May 2021 The difficulty, however, only seems to enhance the savor. Los Angeles Times, 16 Apr. 2021 Williams pushes the right buttons with the buttery, caramelized sweetness of praline over the crunchy savor of the wings. Ian Mcnulty, NOLA.com, 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, 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, 14 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Slow down at your destination and try to savor every experience. Essence, 6 Sep. 2021 Those wishing to savor the delicious bites of a Walt Disney World food fest without the price tag of theme park entry should head to Disney Springs for Flavors of Florida. Kathleen Christiansen, orlandosentinel.com, 21 July 2021 Just quietly, there’s one more important work of art that Renaissance New York Chelsea Hotel guests will need to savor this summer: the art of the perfect Cosmopolitan cocktail. Darryn King, Forbes, 21 June 2021 This historic hotel, built in 1816, offers a prime location to savor the best of the city. Juyoung Seo, Forbes, 6 July 2021 An inclined path meanders up hill and down dale, doubling back, splitting off stairways, and pausing at boulders and benches to savor the ever-changing perspectives. Justin Davidson, Curbed, 1 June 2021 Walk the loop trail to savor wraparound views of the lush Verde Valley framed by rising mountains. Roger Naylor, The Arizona Republic, 19 May 2021 Marauding squirrels and chipmunks left her with just four blooms to savor the following spring. BostonGlobe.com, 22 Apr. 2021 Use them to savor the last few days of summer and enjoy fresh air well into the fall. Christie Calucchia, Better Homes & Gardens, 18 Aug. 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'savor.' 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 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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About savor

Time Traveler for savor

Time Traveler

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

See more words from the same century

Dictionary Entries Near savor

Savonnerie

savor

savoringly

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for savor

Cite this Entry

“Savor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/savor. Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for savor

savor

noun

English Language Learners Definition of savor

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

savor

verb

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

: 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.

More from Merriam-Webster on savor

Nglish: Translation of savor for Spanish Speakers

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Dog Words Quiz

  • shiba puppy more or less demanding cuddles
  • Which of the following animals has a dog in its etymology?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

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