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[sey-ver] /ˈseɪ vər/
the quality in a substance that affects the sense of taste or of smell.
a particular taste or smell.
distinctive quality or property.
power to excite or interest.
Archaic. repute.
verb (used without object)
to have savor, taste, or odor.
to exhibit the peculiar characteristics; smack (often followed by of):
His business practices savor of greed.
verb (used with object)
to give a savor to; season; flavor.
to perceive by taste or smell, especially with relish:
to savor the garden's odors.
to give oneself to the enjoyment of:
to savor the best in life.
Also, especially British, savour.
Origin of savor
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.
1. relish, smack; odor, scent, fragrance. See taste.
Usage note
See -or1. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • She was a proud woman, and hated favors that savored of cash.

  • Yesterday you addressed me in a fashion that savored of blackmail.

    The Son of Monte Christo Jules Lermina
  • Her last words with Bess Harley had savored of a misunderstanding, and Nan was not of a quarrelsome disposition.

    Nan Sherwood at Pine Camp Annie Roe Carr
  • Anything that savored of permanency smelled to him of vassalage.

    Dwellers in Arcady Albert Bigelow Paine
  • His own brief tale, Marty thought, savored of "the real thing."

    The Mission of Janice Day Helen Beecher Long
  • To me it savored of a sort of cowardice, or at least a presumption on my own chivalry.

    The Gold Bag Carolyn Wells
  • Their debauchery differs from that of their fathers in that it is savored with villany.

    Garrick's Pupil Auguston Filon
  • He was impatient of poetry and art; they savored too much of play and levity.

    Fresh Fields John Burroughs
Word Origin and History for savored



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).


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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