- 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 savour
Heaven forbid that their conduct, in one particular, should savour of injustice.
In fact, such a deed might savour of jealousy and covetousness.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
Thus, earnest resolution has often seemed to have about it almost a savour of omnipotence.Self-Help
He smiled cruelly, his own anxieties forgotten in the savour of vengeance.The Sea-Hawk
It has the tang of the soil as well as the savour of the blood.The Balladists
- the quality in a substance that is perceived by the sense of taste or smell
- a specific taste or smellthe savour of lime
- a slight but distinctive quality or trace
- the power to excite interestthe savour of wit has been lost
- archaic reputation
- (intr often foll by of) to possess the taste or smell (of)
- (intr often foll by of) to have a suggestion (of)
- (tr) to give a taste to; season
- (tr) to taste or smell, esp appreciatively
- (tr) to relish or enjoy
Word Origin and History for savour
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.