taster

noun

tast·​er ˈtā-stər How to pronounce taster (audio)
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 Admission and sampling are free, and afterward, tasters get to vote for their favorite in the people’s choice award. Chris Kelly, Washington Post, 15 Feb. 2024 Being a pet food taster at Waltham Petcare Science Institute sounds like a pretty sweet gig. Carolyn Wells, Longreads, 14 Feb. 2024 Again: This is just a taster of Arc's performance and by no means an absolute comparison. Matthew Buzzi, PCMAG, 1 Feb. 2024 The team at Georgetown’s Fountain Inn cocktail bar introduces casual sippers to independent mezcal brands during this tasting, serving tasters along with tacos. Washington Post, 11 Jan. 2024 Coming in fourth, Ben & Jerry's earned remarks that had a more savory than sweet flavor and reminded tasters of soft serve (in a good way). Cameron Beall, Southern Living, 14 July 2023 Food tasters were a common feature of Imperial courts for just that reason. Melik Kaylan, Forbes, 11 Dec. 2023 The verdict: The first thing our tasters noticed was the darker color of the noodles. Sam Stone, Bon Appétit, 5 Oct. 2023 These include Jack Daniel’s master distiller Jeff Arnett moving on to Company Distilling and Old Forester master taster Jackie Zykan cofounding the new Hidden Barn Whiskey. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 21 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of taster was in the 14th century

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“Taster.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/taster. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

taster

noun
tast·​er ˈtā-stər How to pronounce taster (audio)
: one that tastes: as
a
: a person who has the duty of tasting food or drink prepared for another person especially to test for poison
b
: a person who is able to taste the chemical phenylthiocarbamide

Medical Definition

taster

noun
tast·​er ˈtā-stər How to pronounce taster (audio)
: a person able to taste the chemical phenylthiocarbamide

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