acceptable or agreeable to the palate or taste; savory: palatable food.
acceptable or agreeable to the mind or feelings: palatable ideas.

Origin of palatable

First recorded in 1660–70; palate + -able
Related formspal·at·a·bil·i·ty, pal·at·a·ble·ness, nounpal·at·a·bly, adverbnon·pal·at·a·bil·i·ty, nounnon·pal·at·a·ble, adjectivenon·pal·at·a·ble·ness, nounnon·pal·at·a·bly, adverb

Synonyms for palatable

1. delicious, delectable. Palatable, appetizing, tasty, savory all refer to tastes or aromas pleasing to the palate and in some cases to the olfactory nerves. Palatable has the least positive connotation of these terms, often referring to food that is merely acceptable and not especially good: a palatable, if undistinguished, main course; a barely palatable mixture of overcooked vegetables. Appetizing suggests stimulation of the appetite by the smell, taste of food, and is the only one of these words that can also refer to food pleasing to the eye: the appetizing aroma of baking bread; the table contained an appetizing display of meats, cheeses, and salads. Tasty refers to food that has a notable or especially appealing taste: mixed with bits of a tasty sausage; an especially tasty sauce. Savory refers most often to well or highly seasoned foods and applies to their appeal in both taste and smell: a savory, succulent roast of beef, spiced with slivers of garlic; the savory aroma of a simmering duck sauce. 2. pleasing, satisfactory.

Antonyms for palatable Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for palatable

Contemporary Examples of palatable

Historical Examples of palatable

  • The fruit of which they partook freely was quite sweet and palatable.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • Was it not the very curiousness of his relationship with Ingram had made it so palatable?

    Cleo The Magnificent

    Louis Zangwill

  • Nothing can be taught that is not palatable, and nothing is now palatable but what is funny.

  • Add a saltspoonful of black pepper and a palatable seasoning of salt.


    Sarah Tyson Heston Rorer

  • How to transform the left overs into palatable and wholesome dishes.


    Sarah Tyson Heston Rorer

British Dictionary definitions for palatable



pleasant to taste
acceptable or satisfactorya palatable suggestion
Derived Formspalatability or palatableness, nounpalatably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for palatable

1660s, "good-tasting," from palate + -able. Figurative use from 1680s. Related: Palatably; palatability.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper