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[guh-stey-shuh n]
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  1. the act of tasting.
  2. the faculty of taste.
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Origin of gustation

1590–1600; < Latin gustātiōn- (stem of gustātiō), equivalent to gustāt(us) (past participle of gustāre to taste) + -iōn- -ion
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Related Words for gustation

appetite, palate, appetence, stomach, tongue, gout, gustation

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Historical Examples of gustation

  • Gustation was meant to be delightful; and cooking is certainly half as good as tasting.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 16, No. 97, November, 1865


British Dictionary definitions for gustation


  1. the act of tasting or the faculty of taste
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Derived Formsgustatory (ˈɡʌstətərɪ, -trɪ) or gustative, adjective

Word Origin for gustation

C16: from Latin gustātiō, from gustāre to taste
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Word Origin and History for gustation


"act of tasting," 1590s, from Latin gustationem (nominative gustatio), noun of action from past participle stem of gustare "to taste" (see gusto).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

gustation in Medicine


  1. The act of tasting.
  2. The sense of tasting.
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