[ fley-ver ]
/ ˈfleɪ vər /

noun Chiefly British.

Usage note

See -or1.

Definition for flavour (2 of 2)


[ fley-ver ]
/ ˈfleɪ vər /


verb (used with object)

to give flavor to (something).
Also especially British, fla·vour.

Origin of flavor

1300–50; Middle English < Middle French fla(o)ur < Late Latin *flātor stench, breath, alteration of Latin flātus a blowing, breathing, (see flatus), perhaps with -or of fētor fetor


1 See taste.
2 seasoning.
3 essence, spirit.

Related forms

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British Dictionary definitions for flavour


US flavor

/ (ˈfleɪvə) /



(tr) to impart a flavour, taste, or quality to

Derived Forms

flavourer or US flavorer, nounflavourless or US flavorless, adjectiveflavoursome or US flavorsome, adjective

Word Origin for flavour

C14: from Old French flaour, from Late Latin flātor (unattested) bad smell, breath, from Latin flāre to blow
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Science definitions for flavour


[ flāvər ]

Any of six classifications of quark varieties, distinguished by mass and electric charge. The flavors have the names up, down, strange, charm, top, and bottom. Protons in atomic nuclei are composed of two up quarks and one down quark, while neutrons consist of one up quark and two down quarks. The flavor of a quark may be changed in interactions involving the weak force.
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