[ guh-stey-shuh n ]
/ gʌˈsteɪ ʃən /


the act of tasting.
the faculty of taste.

Nearby words

  1. gussied up,
  2. gussy,
  3. gussy up,
  4. gust,
  5. gustaf adolf,
  6. gustative,
  7. gustatory,
  8. gustatory cell,
  9. gustatory hyperesthesia,
  10. gustatory hyperhidrosis

Origin of gustation

1590–1600; < Latin gustātiōn- (stem of gustātiō), equivalent to gustāt(us) (past participle of gustāre to taste) + -iōn- -ion Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for gustation


/ (ɡʌˈsteɪʃən) /


the act of tasting or the faculty of taste
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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for gustation


[ gŭ-stāshən ]


The act of tasting.
The sense of tasting.

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