savor

noun
sa·​vor | \ˈsā-vər \
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 , 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 \ adjective
savorous \ ˈsā-​vər-​əs , ˈsāv-​rəs \ adjective

Verb

savorer \ ˈsā-​vər-​ər \ 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Food at Pujol is prepared in a kitchen with no burners or sauté pans, most dishes seared on a wood grill and finished in an oven to preserve the familiarly Mexican savor of smoke. Guy Trebay, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Food-and-Art Bender in Mexico City," 20 Dec. 2017 Tiger nut—not a nut but a little sedge tuber—is very sweet and very beige, with tiny particles floating throughout and a faint savor of rubber. Vogue, "Exploring the Wild World of Milk Alternatives," 15 Dec. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

With the battle lines forming for 2020, the soda industry has had little time to savor its recent victory. Melanie Mason, latimes.com, "Healthcare groups want California voters to tax soda," 2 July 2018 But this production staged in an intimate downtown venue provides a particularly up-close-and-personal opportunity to savor her gifts. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Girls & Boys': Theater Review," 28 June 2018 The restaurant has found a place in the hearts of local Marrakshi, who are keen to savor the excellent family cuisine while supporting these women on the path to financial independence. Stéphanie Jacob, The Christian Science Monitor, "In Morocco, women find a recipe for success and gainful employment," 14 June 2018 This time around, however, all patrons are welcome to savor updated comfort food. Alia Akkam, Billboard, "Nashville Remastered: Five Renovated Landmarks Generating Excitement in Music City," 5 June 2018 On a Saturday in November hundreds of people of all ages savored the mild afternoon in a downtown Memphis hangout named Loflin Yard. Alyson Krueger, New York Times, "From Blight to Bright Lights in Memphis," 18 May 2018 Hundreds of foodies will sip and savor their way through Shelter Island at the annual Taste of Point Loma on Wednesday. Carolina Gusman, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Taste of Point Loma showcases peninsula's sweet and savory fare," 5 Apr. 2018 More: Kerem Kanter savoring NCAA Tournament stage in first and only season with Xavier basketball More: Florida State again blocking No. Patrick Brennan, Cincinnati.com, "Xavier-FSU winner gets Gonzaga in NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 in Los Angeles," 18 Mar. 2018 The restaurant has also recently expanded its tapas menu, allowing guests to share in and savor the moment. Brittany Britto, baltimoresun.com, "Weekend adventure: A visitor's guide to history-rich Cambridge," 2 July 2018

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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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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 \

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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