- 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.
- to have savor, taste, or odor.
- to exhibit the peculiar characteristics; smack (often followed by of): His business practices savor of greed.
- 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.
Origin of savor
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Examples from the Web for savors
Anything that savors of the pedantic is to be strictly avoided.College Teaching
But anything that savors of injustice exasperates me to the degree of frenzy.The House
It is, perhaps, too intimate; it savors slightly of the Mrchen.The Translations of Beowulf
Chauncey Brewster Tinker
It savors of kitchen mechanics, and, what is more, I do not wear a bonnet.Sisters
Grace May North
Methinks it savors of the fashions of the late queen's reign.
Word Origin and History for savors
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.