- taste, especially the distinctive taste of something as it is experienced in the mouth.
- a substance or extract that provides a particular taste; flavoring.
- the characteristic quality of a thing: He captured the flavor of the experience in his book.
- a particular quality noticeable in a thing: language with a strong nautical flavor.
- Physics. any of the six labels given to the distinct kinds of quark: up, down, strange, charm, bottom, and top.
- Archaic. smell, odor, or aroma.
- to give flavor to (something).
Origin of flavor
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Examples from the Web for flavour
So there is nothing that starts with ‘Take 17 litres of stock…’ Everything in there is about flavour.Tom Parker Bowles on Camilla's Roast Chicken, His Cocaine Sting and Those Pictures of Kate
October 3, 2012
Thicken the gravy with a little flour, and flavour it with a glass of wine.
Let the lemon remain with the citrons, as it will improve their flavour.
Then add sufficient lemon-juice to flavour it; and put in the pears.
The flavour of the lemon will all be boiled out if it is put in too soon.
This is said greatly to improve their consistence and flavour.
- taste perceived in food or liquid in the mouth
- a substance added to food, etc, to impart a specific taste
- a distinctive quality or atmosphere; suggestiona poem with a Shakespearean flavour
- a type or varietyvarious flavours of graphical interface
- physics a property of quarks that enables them to be differentiated into six types: up, down, strange, charm, bottom (or beauty), and top (or truth)
- flavour of the month a person or thing that is the most popular at a certain time
- (tr) to impart a flavour, taste, or quality to
Word Origin and History for flavour
c.1300, "a smell, odor" (usually a pleasing one), from Old French flaour "smell, odor," from Vulgar Latin flator "odor," literally "that which blows," from Latin flator "blower," from flare "to blow, puff," which is cognate with Old English blawan (see blow (v.1)).
The same Vulgar Latin source produced Old Italian fiatore "a bad odor." Sense of "taste, savor" is 1690s, perhaps 1670s; originally "the element in taste which depends on the sense of smell." The -v- is perhaps from influence of savor.
- Any of six classifications of quark varieties, distinguished by mass and electric charge. The flavors have the names up, down, strange, charm, top, and bottom. Protons in atomic nuclei are composed of two up quarks and one down quark, while neutrons consist of one up quark and two down quarks. The flavor of a quark may be changed in interactions involving the weak force.