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flavor

[fley-ver]
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noun
  1. taste, especially the distinctive taste of something as it is experienced in the mouth.
  2. a substance or extract that provides a particular taste; flavoring.
  3. the characteristic quality of a thing: He captured the flavor of the experience in his book.
  4. a particular quality noticeable in a thing: language with a strong nautical flavor.
  5. Physics. any of the six labels given to the distinct kinds of quark: up, down, strange, charm, bottom, and top.
  6. Archaic. smell, odor, or aroma.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to give flavor to (something).
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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
Related formsfla·vor·less, adjectivede·fla·vor, verb (used with object)o·ver·fla·vor, verbpre·fla·vor, noun, verb (used with object)un·fla·vored, adjectivewell-fla·vored, adjective

Synonyms

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1. See taste. 2. seasoning. 3. essence, spirit.
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Examples from the Web for flavouring

Historical Examples

  • Melt the gelatine; add to it the sherry, lemon juice, and flavouring.

    The Skilful Cook

    Mary Harrison

  • Then add the flavouring essence and the yolks of the two eggs.

    The Skilful Cook

    Mary Harrison

  • These are, to the original tone, exactly what the flavouring is to the pudding.

    Spirit and Music

    H. Ernest Hunt

  • But according to the flavouring, so is the shape of the wave.

    Spirit and Music

    H. Ernest Hunt

  • Lemon-juice may be kept in the same manner, for flavouring or for punch.


British Dictionary definitions for flavouring

flavouring

US flavoring

noun
  1. a substance used to impart a particular flavour to foodrum flavouring
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Word Origin and History for flavouring

flavor

v.

1730s, from flavor (n.). Related: Flavored; flavoring.

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flavor

n.

c.1300, "a smell, odor" (usually a pleasing one), from Old French flaour "smell, odor," from Vulgar Latin flator "odor," literally "that which blows," from Latin flator "blower," from flare "to blow, puff," which is cognate with Old English blawan (see blow (v.1)).

The same Vulgar Latin source produced Old Italian fiatore "a bad odor." Sense of "taste, savor" is 1690s, perhaps 1670s; originally "the element in taste which depends on the sense of smell." The -v- is perhaps from influence of savor.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

flavouring in Science

flavor

[flāvər]
  1. 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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