tast·​er | \ ˈtā-stər How to pronounce taster (audio) \

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 Reproducing that dependable, unvarying flavour is the job of Sebastian Michaelis, a master taster for Tetley. The Economist, "Sage against the machine: can robots learn to taste?," 9 Apr. 2021 Players might have ultimately chosen the green fairways and greens over the concrete roads and roofs, but slum golf provided them with a taster and opened doors to a sport previously unattainable to many in Mumbai. Ben Morse, CNN, "Slum golf: A whole new ball game on Mumbai's streets," 29 Mar. 2021 Another taster, Odette Kahn, resorted to a Trumpian argument — the tasting was rigged. Washington Post, "Steven Spurrier, the Briton who helped make California wines a global commodity, dies at 79," 10 Mar. 2021 While virtual try-ons have previously been a possibility with Chanel fashion, the new app marks a first for the brand’s beauty department, and is a taster of what’s to come when makeup meets cutting-edge technology. Tish Weinstock, Vogue, "Is Chanel’s New Lipscanner App the Future of Beauty?," 22 Feb. 2021 To partake in the pours, purchase a $30 package that includes a souvenir taster and map to the 20 indoor locations providing wine samples. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "Fun things to do in October in Dallas-Fort Worth — online, outdoors and more," 1 Oct. 2020 Back in 2014, the last time the New York Times’ wine panel tried Rosso di Montalcino, one taster did not restrain himself in criticizing the wines. The New York Times News Service Syndicate, The Denver Post, "Giving Rosso di Montalcino a second look," 11 Mar. 2020 Hart candidacy got a nice taster at the start of last week, when 12 of 18 NHL.com writers selected the Avs center as their top choice for the award at mid-season. Sean Keeler, The Denver Post, "What does Avs star Nathan MacKinnon have to do to top Connor McDavid for the Hart Trophy?," 12 Jan. 2020 Unti envisions having an employee pour wine and step aside before the taster approaches the bar to pick up the glass and then walk to a different space. Janelle Bitker, SFChronicle.com, "Napa Valley wineries ready to welcome Bay Area visitors," 6 June 2020

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First Known Use of taster

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Taster.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/taster. Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of taster

: a person who tastes foods or drinks to test their quality
British, informal : a small amount or sample of something that you can try to see if you like it


tast·​er | \ ˈtā-stər How to pronounce taster (audio) \

Medical Definition of taster

: a person able to taste the chemical phenylthiocarbamide

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