[ dih-guhst ]
/ dɪˈgʌst /

verb (used with object)

to taste or savor carefully or appreciatively.
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 forms

de·gus·ta·tion [dee-guh-stey-shuh n] /ˌdi gʌˈsteɪ ʃən/, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for degustation


degustate (dɪˈɡʌsteɪt)

/ (dɪˈɡʌst) /

verb (tr)

rare to taste, esp with care or relish; savour

Derived Forms

degustation (ˌdiːɡʌˈsteɪʃən), noun

Word Origin for degust

C17: from Latin dēgustāre, from gustāre, from gustus a tasting, taste
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Medicine definitions for degustation


[ dē′gŭ-stāshən ]


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