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savor

[sey-ver] /ˈseɪ vər/
noun
1.
the quality in a substance that affects the sense of taste or of smell.
2.
a particular taste or smell.
3.
distinctive quality or property.
4.
power to excite or interest.
5.
Archaic. repute.
verb (used without object)
6.
to have savor, taste, or odor.
7.
to exhibit the peculiar characteristics; smack (often followed by of):
His business practices savor of greed.
verb (used with object)
8.
to give a savor to; season; flavor.
9.
to perceive by taste or smell, especially with relish:
to savor the garden's odors.
10.
to give oneself to the enjoyment of:
to savor the best in life.
Also, especially British, savour.
Origin of savor
1175-1225
1175-1225; (noun) Middle English sav(o)ur < Old French savour < Latin sapōrem, accusative of sapor taste, derivative of sapere to taste (cf. sapient); (v.) Middle English sav(o)uren < Old French savourer < Late Latin sapōrāre, derivative of sapor
Related forms
savorer, noun
savoringly, adverb
savorless, adjective
savorous, adjective
outsavor, verb (used with object)
unsavored, adjective
Can be confused
savior, savor, savory.
Synonyms
1. relish, smack; odor, scent, fragrance. See taste.
Usage note
See -or1.
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  • It was well that the attic should be cleaned, though the savor of the task was gone.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • It held within it all the savor of a happy past; it satisfied her hungry soul.

    Meadow Grass Alice Brown
  • He is the salt of the earth, and if the salt lose its savor, wherewith shall it be salted?

  • Confusedly the savor of Abel's sacrifice was sweet to His nostrils, not Cain's fruits.

  • She abandoned herself to the savor of it, the girl forgotten.

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    Alice Brown
Word Origin and History for savor
n.

mid-13c., from Old French savor "flavor, taste; sauce, seasoning; delight, pleasure," from Latin saporem (nominative sapor) "taste, flavor," related to sapere "to have a flavor" (see sapient).

v.

c.1300, from Old French savorer "taste, breathe in; appreciate, care for," from Late Latin saporare, from Latin sapor (see savor (n.)). Related: Savored; savoring.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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