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[fley-ver] /ˈfleɪ vər/
noun, Chiefly British.
Usage note
See -or1.


[fley-ver] /ˈfleɪ vər/
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.
verb (used with object)
to give flavor to (something).
Also, especially British, flavour.
Origin of flavor
1300-50; Middle English < Middle French fla(o)ur < Late Latin *flātor stench, breath, alteration of Latin flātus a blowing, breathing, (see flatus), perhaps with -or of fētor fetor
Related forms
flavorless, adjective
deflavor, verb (used with object)
overflavor, verb
preflavor, noun, verb (used with object)
unflavored, adjective
well-flavored, adjective
1. See taste. 2. seasoning. 3. essence, spirit. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for flavour
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  • For my part, I should have been delighted to extract the last vestige of flavour from fifty more such mouthfuls.

  • There was one disadvantage in the produce of this garden—its flavour was rather weak.

    In Mesopotamia Martin Swayne
  • There is red wine at two francs and long imported cigars of as soft a flavour as even Louis the Fourteenth could have desired.

    Behind the Beyond Stephen Leacock
  • After the harsh, astringent drug, the flavour was soothing and gratifying.

    The Slave of Silence Fred M. White
  • Lobsters are held in great esteem by gastrologers for the firmness, purity, and flavour of their flesh.

  • It was similar in flavour to the cultivated plant, but very sharp and acrid.

    Condemned as a Nihilist George Alfred Henty
  • I took a sip, and found it of the flavour of chalybeate springs.

    The King of Schnorrers Israel Zangwill
  • Belgium may be compared to a Hollandaise Sauce with a piquant Gallic flavour.

    This Giddy Globe Oliver Herford
  • The beer of Christiania is equal in flavour and purity to any in the world, and it is now in great demand all over Norway.

    Northern Travel Bayard Taylor
British Dictionary definitions for 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; suggestion: a poem with a Shakespearean flavour
a type or variety: various 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
(transitive) to impart a flavour, taste, or quality to
Derived Forms
flavourer, (US) flavorer, noun
flavourless, (US) flavorless, adjective
flavoursome, (US) flavorsome, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Old French flaour, from Late Latin flātor (unattested) bad smell, breath, from Latin flāre to blow
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Word Origin and History for flavour

chiefly British English spelling of flavor; for spelling, see -or. Related: Flavourful; flavouring.



1730s, from flavor (n.). Related: Flavored; flavoring.



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.


1730s, from flavor (n.). Related: Flavored; flavoring.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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flavour in Science
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.
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Slang definitions & phrases for flavour



: That's a very flava lady


A sexually attractive woman (1960s+ Black)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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