tast·​er | \ ˈtā-stər \

Definition of taster

1 : one that tastes: such as
a : one that tests something (such as tea) for quality by tasting
b : a person who is able to taste the chemical phenylthiocarbamide
2 : a device for tasting or sampling

Examples of taster in a Sentence

The magazine printed a taster of the author's new novel.

Recent Examples on the Web

The church hosted its 10th Chili Cook-Off with 14 participants and many willing tasters. Joanne Berger Dumound/special To Cleveland.com., cleveland.com, "Chili Cook-Off puts spice into tasters' day: Olmsted Dates and Data," 29 Jan. 2018 Seven of our tasters said the same thing: that the beer was skunky. 5. Fox News, "Ultimate beer taste test: Ranking America's best-selling beers," 27 Aug. 2015 Still, once tasters waded past the cardboardlike oxidation, the beer stood out as a gem. Josh Noel, chicagotribune.com, "Can craft brewers make good light beer? Our tasting pits them against Bud, Miller, Coors, more," 12 July 2018 The tasters uniformly liked Spiteful Lager, made by Chicago’s tiny Spiteful Brewing. Josh Noel, chicagotribune.com, "Can craft brewers make good light beer? Our tasting pits them against Bud, Miller, Coors, more," 12 July 2018 Master taster Jackie Zykan demonstrates the making of an Old Fashioned cocktail using Old Forester bourbon. Grace Schneider, The Courier-Journal, "Brown-Forman wants to shed 150 salaried jobs with early-retirement deal," 5 June 2018 Our informal tasters enjoyed the intensely flavored sorbets: limoncello with limoncello liqueur, margarita with tequila, strawberry with sparkling wine and blackberry with cabernet sauvignon. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "What Happens in Vegas Doesn’t Always Stay There," 25 June 2018 At the New York International Olive Oil Competition held in April, expert tasters analyzed a thousand extra virgin olive oils from 27 countries. Ann Trieger Kurland, BostonGlobe.com, "Some of the best olive oils in the world have Lexington ties," 18 June 2018 Take home Belgian taster glass and bottle of latest release. Rasputin Todd, Cincinnati.com, "Things to do in Cincinnati this week: June 18-24," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of taster

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of taster

: a person who tastes foods or drinks to test their quality

: a small amount or sample of something that you can try to see if you like it


tast·​er | \ ˈtā-stər \

Medical Definition of taster

: a person able to taste the chemical phenylthiocarbamide

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to gather or build up little by little

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