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.

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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 If Russia makes the finals of the World Cup, here’s two words of advice for the opposing team: Food taster. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "Thank Trump for overcoming the biggest obstacle to 2026 World Cup: Trump," 16 June 2018 The finished product earned a thumbs-up response from the tasters. Carol Kovach, cleveland.com, "Parma South Presbyterian Church youth group members knead dough for mission projects, make pierogis for fish fries," 19 Feb. 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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