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

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 By the early 1770s, chocolate was being savored in America by people of all classes. Ashleigh Spitza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Chocolate is more than romantic - it's good for the heart," 14 Feb. 2018 Guests enjoyed a spread of light refreshments while savoring her works of art. Chuck Gibson, Cincinnati.com, "Loveland artist displays 'A World of Light & Color'," 21 Mar. 2018 In the few months before the movie’s June release, Beetz is savoring her last few moments of being able to sit, unbothered, even amid city chaos, at the Hungarian Pastry Shop. Allison P. Davis, The Cut, "Zazie Beetz Can’t Be Bothered," 1 Mar. 2018 Hall was still savoring the taste from the Tide's 28-point triumph over No. Rainer Sabin, AL.com, "Live updates: Alabama takes on LSU," 13 Feb. 2018 Loaded: 0% Progress: 0% 0:00 / 0:50 Keller Central savors its season-opening victory against Birdville Advertisement Keller Central coach Bart Helsley and linebacker Jacob Felczak discuss the Chargers' 17-16 win over Birdville. Brian Gosset, star-telegram, "'The U' just offered this 4-star DFW recruit," 26 June 2018 Here, the composer’s sophisticated sense of instrumental shading could be as richly savored as his deft handling of thematic development. Tim Smith, baltimoresun.com, "John Williams makes electrifying return to BSO, shares podium with Marin Alsop," 14 June 2018 Play with the pressure to see what your guy savors. Redbook, "33 Sexy Places to Touch Your Guy," 30 Oct. 2017

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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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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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