[ noun fawr-teyst, fohr-; verb fawr-teyst, fohr- ]
/ noun ˈfɔrˌteɪst, ˈfoʊr-; verb fɔrˈteɪst, foʊr- /


a slight and partial experience, knowledge, or taste of something to come in the future; anticipation.

verb (used with object), fore·tast·ed, fore·tast·ing.

to have some advance experience or knowledge of (something to come).

Nearby words

  1. forestick,
  2. forestland,
  3. forestry,
  4. forestville,
  5. foreswear,
  6. foretell,
  7. forethought,
  8. forethoughtful,
  9. foretime,
  10. foretoken

Origin of foretaste

First recorded in 1400–50, foretaste is from the late Middle English word fortaste. See fore-, taste Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for foretaste


noun (ˈfɔːˌteɪst)

an early but limited experience or awareness of something to come

verb (fɔːˈteɪst)

(tr) to have a foretaste of
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Word Origin and History for foretaste



early 15c., from fore- + taste (n.). As a verb, from mid-15c.

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