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verb (used with object)
  1. to taste or savor carefully or appreciatively.
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Also de·gus·tate [dih-guhs-teyt] /dɪˈgʌs teɪt/.

Origin of degust

1615–25; < Latin dēgustāre to taste, try, equivalent to dē- de- + gustāre to taste (gust(us) a tasting + -āre infinitive suffix)
Related formsde·gus·ta·tion [dee-guh-stey-shuh n] /ˌdi gʌˈsteɪ ʃən/, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for degustation


degustate (dɪˈɡʌsteɪt)

verb (tr)
  1. rare to taste, esp with care or relish; savour
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Derived Formsdegustation (ˌdiːɡʌˈsteɪʃən), noun

Word Origin

C17: from Latin dēgustāre, from gustāre, from gustus a tasting, taste
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Word Origin and History for degustation


1650s, from Latin degustationem (nominative degustatio) "a tasting," noun of action from past participle stem of degustare "to take a taste from, sample," from de- (see de-) + gustare "to taste" (see gusto).

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degustation in Medicine


  1. The act or function of tasting.
  2. The sense of taste.
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