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 The difficulty, however, only seems to enhance the savor. Los Angeles Times, "Stephen Sondheim & John Weidman’s ‘Assassins’ gathers a killer roster of performers," 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, "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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Safety precautions prevented family members from being in direct contact with their sons, forcing them to savor small gestures like a wave, a wink, a smile. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, "UCLA parents’ love penetrates the bubble in Indianapolis," 24 Mar. 2021 The difference was two unforeseen ingredients late in the first half that enabled SFC to savor a tasty 28-14 win. Jim Lindgren, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Santa Fe Christian wins battle of running teams over Mount Miguel," 9 Apr. 2021 Avid fans might notice that six stories previously appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, and Freeman’s, but to savor the collection in full will undoubtedly prove to be a beguiling gift. Terry Hong, The Christian Science Monitor, "‘First Person Singular’ delves into lost love and strange happenings," 6 Apr. 2021 It’s a dreamy spot to savor a coffee or a cocktail while drinking in the views of the Atlantic Ocean. Ann Abel, Forbes, "Where To Chill Out: 11 Perfect Hotel Terraces In Portugal," 5 Apr. 2021 In other words, mindfulness was not invoked to savor the beauty of nature or to be a more present, thoughtful spouse. David Kortava, Harper's Magazine, "Lost in Thought," 16 Mar. 2021 Soon Hollywood friends and European nobles abandoned the French Riviera to savor the simple charms of Prince Alfonso’s totally off-the-radar personal hideaway. Andrew Ferren, WSJ, "This 1950s Spanish Resort—Beloved by Audrey Hepburn—Is Still Going Strong," 31 Mar. 2021 Guests will savor regional foods and wines (both on board and ashore), and be able to experience different cultures, traditions, architecture, landscapes and languages. Irene S. Levine, Forbes, "AmaWaterways Introduces Longest-Ever River Cruise," 12 Mar. 2021 Now, finally, Nunnally — one of the Bay Area’s top college prospects, bound for Washington State — will savor at least a few weeks of semi-normalcy. Ron Kroichick, San Francisco Chronicle, "High school football in March: Bay Area players excited to finally take the field," 12 Mar. 2021

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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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22 Apr 2021

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“Savor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/savor. Accessed 12 May. 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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