flavor

noun
fla·​vor | \ ˈflā-vər How to pronounce flavor (audio) \

Definition of flavor

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a archaic : odor, fragrance
b : the quality of something that affects the sense of taste
c : the blend of taste and smell sensations evoked by a substance in the mouth the flavor of apples
2 : a substance that flavors artificial flavors
3a : characteristic or predominant quality the ethnic flavor of a neighborhood
b : a distinctive appealing or enlivening quality Her performance adds flavor to the show.
b : a property that distinguishes different types of elementary particles (such as quarks or neutrinos) also : any of the different types of particles that are distinguished by flavor
5 : version sense 2 flavors of software
6 : one that is in the center of public attention for a limited time usually used in phrases like flavor of the month

flavor

verb
flavored; flavoring\ ˈflā-​v(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce flavor (audio) \

Definition of flavor (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to give or add flavor to

Other Words from flavor

Noun

flavorful \ ˈflā-​vər-​fəl How to pronounce flavor (audio) \ adjective
flavorfully \ ˈflā-​vər-​fə-​lē How to pronounce flavor (audio) \ adverb
flavorless \ ˈflā-​vər-​ləs How to pronounce flavor (audio) \ adjective
flavorsome \ ˈflā-​vər-​səm How to pronounce flavor (audio) \ adjective

Examples of flavor in a Sentence

Noun This dish has an unusual flavor. the hot, spicy flavors of Mexican food a dish with unusual flavor They sell 20 different flavors of ice cream. Grape is my favorite bubble gum flavor. The stew is full of flavor. She added vanilla flavor to the custard. I like the Italian flavor of the neighborhood. The film has an avant-garde flavor. Her performance adds flavor to the show. Verb We flavored the cookies with cinnamon. I flavored the salad with herbs. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun True yams are part of an entirely different genus (Dioscorea; sweet potatoes belong to Ipomoea in the morning glory family) and are more akin to yuca in texture and flavor. Alyse Whitney, Bon Appétit, 20 Sep. 2022 This Texas chili recipe gets tons of meaty flavor from a boneless beef chuck roast. Sheena Chihak, Better Homes & Gardens, 20 Sep. 2022 The fried taro puffs may be the most distinct of all dim sum dumplings in both appearance and flavor. Jenn Harriscolumnist, Los Angeles Times, 19 Sep. 2022 But what exactly is the the flavor that has come to characterize the cooling season? Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, 19 Sep. 2022 The variations each have distinct bases, but all have the requisite crunch, piquant sweet-sour flavor of sauces and instantly recognizable tangy kick of the chaat masala spice blend, along with a cooling drizzle of yogurt. Nathaniel Adams, Chron, 19 Sep. 2022 The best drink is also deceptively simple: a $12 Toki highball, made with a Suntory Toki highball machine that delivers just the right amount of fizz and flavor. Tim Chan, Rolling Stone, 19 Sep. 2022 Collins has long understood that subtlety is a waste of time and flavor. Keaton Bell, Vogue, 19 Sep. 2022 The island only made a fraction of the 1.3 billion bottles of Scotch produced last year, according to the Scotch Whisky Association, but its single malts—known for their smoky, peated flavor—are highly prized. WSJ, 17 Sep. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Kuji chose to use only Juniper and Joboji urushi to flavor the gin not to dilute the local identity. Akiko Katayama, Forbes, 21 June 2022 On average, one acre of mint can produce around 70 pounds of oil, and one pound of oil can flavor roughly 40,000 sticks of gum or 1,500 tubes of toothpaste. Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, 13 July 2022 Panthaky said that Chipotle’s pitmasters for hire use at least three woods — oak, maple and mesquite — to flavor the meats. Washington Post, 27 Sep. 2021 The female plant produces a vitamin- and potassium-rich pineapple-like fruit, and both male and female plants have aromatic leaves used to flavor jams, cakes and rice dishes, or to wrap meat and fish. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian Magazine, 12 July 2022 Capsules or tablets used to flavor water are an easy way to add a little bit a salt, as opposed to buying sugary sports drinks. Claire Thornton, USA TODAY, 14 June 2022 Serve with your choice of toppings, stirred into the congee to flavor it, or added on top, to be eaten between spoonfuls of porridge. G. Daniela Galarza, Washington Post, 19 May 2022 There is a noticeable grape must flavor from the Port casks, as well as spice notes of cinnamon and fresh ginger. Joseph V Micallef, Forbes, 5 May 2022 Get to Know the Vegan Stand-Ins To make vegan cheese at home, soak cashews overnight, blend them in your food processor, then flavor them with nutritional yeast and maybe even a touch of liquid smoke, says Vukovic. Outside Online, 7 July 2020 See More

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First Known Use of flavor

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1542, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for flavor

Noun

Middle English flavour, modification of Anglo-French flaur, flour, from Vulgar Latin *flator, alteration of Latin flatus breath, act of blowing — more at flatulent

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More Definitions for flavor

flavor

noun
fla·​vor | \ ˈflā-vər How to pronounce flavor (audio) \

Kids Definition of flavor

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the quality of something that affects the sense of taste I like the spicy flavor of Indian food.
2 : a substance added to food to give it a desired taste artificial flavors

flavor

verb
flavored; flavoring

Kids Definition of flavor (Entry 2 of 2)

: to give or add something to produce a taste The chef flavored the sauce with peppers.

Other Words from flavor

flavored adjective

flavor

noun
fla·​vor
variants: or chiefly British flavour \ ˈflā-​vər How to pronounce flavor (audio) \

Medical Definition of flavor

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : the quality of something that affects the sense of taste condiments give flavor to food
b : the blend of taste and smell sensations evoked by a substance in the mouth the flavor of ripe fruit
2 : a substance that flavors

Other Words from flavor

flavored or chiefly British flavoured \ -​vərd How to pronounce flavor (audio) \ adjective

flavor

transitive verb
variants: or chiefly British flavour
flavored or chiefly British flavoured; flavoring or chiefly British flavouring\ ˈflāv-​(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce flavor (audio) \

Medical Definition of flavor (Entry 2 of 2)

: to give or add flavor to

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