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 Pile all three onto the bread at once and savor the moment, because things can get a little bumpy from here. Beth Segal, cleveland, "Beachwood’s Rosso Italia looks to fill the space vacated by Red with fine Italian food," 5 Mar. 2020 But Facebook, Google, YouTube, and their ilk should not do both — especially while morphing into the private/exclusive model, and savoring government protection to boot. Deroy Murdock, National Review, "Biased Big Tech Firms Must Pick Between Their Split Personalities," 1 May 2020 Just warm each pie in the oven, and then sit back and savor a true taste of Chicago straight from your kitchen. Laura Kiniry, Smithsonian Magazine, "Far From Home? These Regional Comfort Foods Can Be Shipped To Your Door," 29 Apr. 2020 Grubb's final days Grubbs's colleagues described her as someone who savored life. Cassidy Mcdonald, CBS News, "She was promoted a month before her death. Coworkers say she was never moved into her new role, away from sick inmates," 20 Apr. 2020 Korine’s underbelly odyssey is more hellbent on savoring the character’s Bohemian symphonies than his anti-establishment politics, even as shadows—of mortality, responsibility, ruin—creep beneath the sunshine. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "What to watch on Hulu while social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic," 3 Apr. 2020 That includes savoring your favorite foods in sensible portions, O'Neil explained. Lisa Drayer, CNN, "Stress eating these days? Here's some help," 31 Mar. 2020 Houses for closing shows frequently are packed with family, friends and repeat customers who just want to savor the experience one last time. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "David Alan Grier on Closing a Broadway Run With No Closing Night," 19 Mar. 2020 This was a memory that Santa Cruz players, many of whom have little chance of making an NBA team, wanted to savor. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "Steph Curry shows flashes of ‘Steph of old’ in G League scrimmage," 2 Mar. 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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21 May 2020

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“Savor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/savor. Accessed 1 Jun. 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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