[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.

Origin of aftertaste

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

Examples from the Web for aftertaste

Historical Examples of aftertaste

  • 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
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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