[ af-ter-teyst, ahf- ]
/ ˈæf tərˌteɪst, ˈɑf- /


a taste remaining after the substance causing it is no longer in the mouth.
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. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for aftertaste

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

/ (ˈɑːftəˌteɪst) /


a taste that lingers on after eating or drinking
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

Medical definitions for aftertaste

[ ăftər-tāst′ ]


A taste persisting in the mouth after the substance that caused it is no longer present.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.