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 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 Salome savors the sight of his body, his hair, his lips—and Strauss preserves most of that language. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "The Endless, Grisly Fascination of Richard Strauss’s “Salome”," 21 Aug. 2019 Instead, the car owner and driver savored a leisurely morning drive to the speedway knowing they are locked into the big show. Michael Marot, The Seattle Times, "Hanley helps DragonSpeed make big move in Indy qualifying," 19 May 2019 And Kaokoland—its spectacular outback—is for those who want to savor remotest Africa, far from safari circuits and game parks. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, "Going Off-Grid in Namibia," 21 Dec. 2018 Just like talking about his Eagles days, Chung didn’t want to savor any praise, even from a coach who isn’t easy to please. Marc Narducci, Philly.com, "Ex-Eagle Patrick Chung won't dwell on his time in Philadelphia," 30 Jan. 2018 The IndyStar Wine & Food Experience presents rich and colorful moments for guests to taste, savor and explore the Indianapolis culinary scene, from local trends to regional traditions. Indianapolis Star, "IndianapoLIST Giveaway for Wine & Food Experience," 13 Sep. 2019 But Hyde and the Orioles likely remain years away from participating in the types of games Hyde savored as a member of the Chicago Cubs’ coaching staff at this time of year the past several seasons. Nathan Ruiz, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles’ Brandon Hyde focused on individual improvement, not win-loss milestones, in season’s final weeks," 13 Sep. 2019 Assume your best movie-star pose, and savor the book on your velvet chaise, leveling its pages with your sauciest gaze. Angela Haupt, Washington Post, "The stars of Hollywood’s Golden Age were avid readers. There are pictures to prove it.," 12 Sep. 2019 Standing on the podium with the American flag draped across her shoulders as the United States National Anthem played was a golden moment Juliet Radich will savor for a lifetime. Emmett Hall, sun-sentinel.com, "All that glitters is gold for Fort Lauderdale diver Juliet Radich," 5 Sep. 2019

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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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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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