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

flavor, taste

Synonyms: Verb

flavor, lace, season, spice

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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 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

But the master's hand is now still; mystery lovers have this one last book to savor. Steve Donoghue, The Christian Science Monitor, "'Greeks Bearing Gifts' will be the last in the popular 'Bernie Gunther' series begun in Nazi Germany," 5 Apr. 2018 Related stories from Fort Worth Star Telegram TCU women savor first-round taste of WNIT, ready for a second bite Postseason berth gives young TCU women more time to grow TCU women blitzed by No. John Henry, star-telegram, "TCU a basketball school? Success of women, men has Frogs on their way | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 16 Mar. 2018 After a hard day’s work, Khadijah Diouf savors the few precious moments with her children at dinner time. Elizabeth Chmurak, NBC News, "The rising cost of child care is being felt all across the country," 8 Mar. 2018 Watch it in full below, and savor every royal reference. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "The Jonas Brothers's New Music Video Is Inspired By The Favourite and the Royal Family," 1 Mar. 2019 The book’s superb print quality on heavy bond helps highlight the many great details to be savored, especially in the watercolor animation backgrounds, graphite sketches, antique toys and vintage photos. John Canemaker, WSJ, "Book Review: Building a Better Mouse," 18 Jan. 2019 Customize your spread with breakfast faves your guests will surely savor. 5. Taysha Murtaugh And Nicol Natale, Woman's Day, "15 Restaurants Open for Easter Brunch Near Me," 11 Feb. 2019 As more is taken away, that which is left is more deeply savored. Clare Ansberry, WSJ, "A New Take on Women and Aging," 9 Jan. 2019 From a culinary perspective, hygge is about giving yourself a break from the demands of healthy living, but taking time to bake, savor, and enjoy the process of it. Anne Roderique-jones, SELF, "I Practiced Hygge and It's Kind of the Best Thing Ever," 25 Dec. 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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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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