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[af-ter-teyst, ahf-]
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  1. a taste remaining after the substance causing it is no longer in the mouth.
  2. the remaining sensation following an unpleasant experience, incident, etc.: the aftertaste of a bad marriage.
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Origin of aftertaste

First recorded in 1820–30; after + taste
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words

aroma, aftertaste, reaction, aftereffect, sweet, sting, zing, zip, savor, jolt, bang, bitter, kick, zest, punch, smack, ginger, wallop, piquancy, relish

Examples from the Web for aftertaste

Historical Examples

  • He had known nightmares before; none of them had left this aftertaste.

    Voodoo Planet

    Andre Norton

  • The aftertaste of Selma had been bitter, but the small, sharp flurry at the Godwin house left them no longer feeling so bitter.

    Ride Proud, Rebel!

    Andre Alice Norton

  • Thus she comforted herself before the aftertaste of Miss von Schwertfeger's late visits was dispelled by new dreams of happiness.

    The Song of Songs

    Hermann Sudermann

  • Not for her home in the Vicolo: this everlasting love-making with its aftertaste of stale sugar had turned her sick of Padua.

    Little Novels of Italy

    Maurice Henry Hewlett

British Dictionary definitions for aftertaste


  1. a taste that lingers on after eating or drinking
  2. a lingering impression or sensation
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Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

aftertaste in Medicine


  1. A taste persisting in the mouth after the substance that caused it is no longer present.
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