pal·​at·​able | \ ˈpa-lə-tə-bəl How to pronounce palatable (audio) \

Definition of palatable

1 : agreeable to the palate or taste The restaurant's chicken dishes are quite palatable.
2 : agreeable or acceptable to the mind attempted to make physics palatable to a broader range of students

Other Words from palatable

palatability \ ˌpa-​lə-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce palatable (audio) \ noun
palatableness noun
palatably \ ˈpa-​lə-​tə-​blē How to pronounce palatable (audio) \ adverb

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palatable, appetizing, savory, tasty, toothsome mean agreeable or pleasant especially to the sense of taste. palatable often applies to something that is found to be merely agreeable. butterflies that birds find palatable appetizing suggests a whetting of the appetite and applies to aroma and appearance as well as taste. appetizing hors d'oeuvres savory applies to both taste and aroma and suggests piquancy and often spiciness. dumplings with savory fillings tasty implies a pronounced taste. a tart and tasty pie toothsome stresses the notion of agreeableness and sometimes implies tenderness or daintiness. an enticing array of toothsome desserts

How Should You Use palatable?

Palatable comes from palate, a Latin-derived word for the roof of the mouth. The palate was once thought of as the seat of the sense of taste, so the word eventually came to mean "sense of taste," or broadly, "liking." Palatable has been used in English to refer to palate-pleasing foods since 1619, but it isn't our only—or our oldest—adjective for agreeable tastes. Savory dates from the 14th century. Toothsome has been around since 1551. Tasty was first used in the early 17th century. And appetizing has been gracing culinary reviews since 1653.

Examples of palatable in a Sentence

a less than palatable beer I did not find the idea of moving again very palatable.
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First Known Use of palatable

1662, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of palatable

: having a pleasant or agreeable taste
: pleasant or acceptable to someone


pal·​at·​able | \ ˈpa-lə-tə-bəl How to pronounce palatable (audio) \

Kids Definition of palatable

: pleasant to the taste

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