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

Verb

savorer \ ˈsā-​vər-​ər How to pronounce savorer (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 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 Shrimp on sugarcane – a paste that’s a little sweet, with a briny savor – was a great counterpoint to small nibbles of those wildly hot chile peppers. Kate Washington, sacbee, "Dining review: Get your ‘broken rice’ fix at South Sacramento Com Tam Dat Thanh | The Sacramento Bee," 9 Feb. 2018 His mercurial jurisprudence replicates and even gives the savor of legitimacy to a closely divided country. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "Anthony Kennedy Can’t Be Allowed to Die," 23 Jan. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Ravens needed and wanted to savor this feel-good moment in the opener. Mike Preston, baltimoresun.com, "Mike Preston: Ravens need a proper in-game exit strategy for Lamar Jackson | COMMENTARY," 18 Sep. 2020 His hobby, as O’Neill modestly called it, would enable subsequent generations to savor the music of their Irish forebears. Ron Grossman, chicagotribune.com, "Flashback: Irish music found a savior in Chief Francis O’Neill, a Chicago cop with a song in his heart," 18 Sep. 2020 With two full seasons available at the click of a button and a third on the way, there's plenty of content to savor. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "How to Watch Succession, HBO's Acclaimed Drama Starring Brian Cox and Kieran Culkin," 17 Sep. 2020 For those looking to savor the remaining days of summer over the holiday weekend, this bike route has a little bit of everything. John Pana, cleveland, "Biking a 23-mile loop from Lake Erie to Shaker Lakes," 5 Sep. 2020 Louisa’s aunt broadcast her kind disposition by constantly tilting her head to one side, crinkling her eyes, and compressing her mouth, as if to savor all the good-tasting mirth trapped inside. Susan Choi, The New Yorker, "Flashlight," 31 Aug. 2020 George III, who reigned from 1760 to 1820, was a pathbreaking monarch and an armchair general whose thirst for knowledge led him to collect more than 55,000 maps, charts, prints and manuals to savor in his private library. Sara Georgini, Smithsonian Magazine, "These Newly Digitized Military Maps Explore the World of George III," 26 Feb. 2020 Drink it, taste it, feel it, and just pause for a moment to be still and savor that moment. Lisa Deaderick, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Hip-hop DJ Kuttin Kandi’s passion for music helps her hit the right notes in her life," 29 Aug. 2020 While the coronavirus pandemic has somewhat limited the amount of interaction between the Hall of Famer in both college and pro football and UM players, Hurricanes safeties savor every opportunity for some tips. David Furones, sun-sentinel.com, "Hurricanes safeties learning from Ed Reed; three likely to rotate at two spots," 25 Aug. 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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“Savor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/savor. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for savor

savor

noun
How to pronounce savor (audio)

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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