Anatomy. the roof of the mouth, consisting of an anterior bony portion (hard palate ) and a posterior muscular portion (soft palate, orvelum ) that separate the oral cavity from the nasal cavity.
the sense of taste: It was a dinner to delight the palate.
intellectual or aesthetic taste; mental appreciation: She is said to have a discriminating palate for the arts.
to find pleasing to the taste: My friend was very ill and could not palate much of anything.
to find acceptable or agreeable to the mind or feelings: Your position is hard to palate, because I believe there is such a thing as objective morality.
- pal·ate·less, adjective
- pal·ate·like, adjective
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How to use palate in a sentence
So then trust me when I say that this magical stack works even better in the morning, when your palate is primed and ready for its unique textural majesty.
The very core of food culture is adaptation to new environments, new palates, new people, new ingredients — and these exchanges are not always peaceful or mutually beneficial.Why Do Fast-Casual Restaurants Get a Pass on Appropriation? | Jenny Dorsey | October 5, 2020 | Eater
None of them should prevail on the other to create the perfect palate mix.Why right now is the time to start aging your wine collection | Rachel King | October 4, 2020 | Fortune
It is comfort food at its finest, a thing designed for your specific palate, with absolutely no thought paid to impressing anyone else.Celebrate the House Meal, the Go-To Dish for When There’s No One to Satisfy but Yourself | Jaya Saxena | September 30, 2020 | Eater
Sleeping out in the woods is a palate cleanser for your soul, whether you eat a soggy PB&J by the fire or whip up a four-course meal.
That means Japanese whiskies are beautifully balanced and elegant; they touch and develop on every sensor on the palate.Watch Out, Scotland! Japanese Whisky Is on the Rise | Kayleigh Kulp | November 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
And your palate will change as you have new experiences and new selections in the wine world.
Oak, great balance and a good finish with stone fruits and just enough oak to round the wine to a silky smooth feel on the palate.
Sans country and opera, there is something for most every musical palate at Bonnaroo.
By 1987, however, the American palate was beginning to change.Hillbilly Heaven: The History of Small-Batch Bourbon | Dane Huckelbridge | March 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The reading public was largely confined to young girls with the taste for romance fresh on the palate.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
This one has a perforated palate, and this great copper-coloured patches on the forehead, all of them rickety.The Nabob | Alphonse Daudet
The Right Spot, as related in the chapter on Ichthyol, is either the vault of the pharynx or the upper surface of the soft palate.The Treatment of Hay Fever | George Frederick Laidlaw
My cold and pain in my head increasing, and the palate of my mouth falling, I was in great pain all night.Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete | Samuel Pepys
So home, and late reading "The Siege of Rhodes" to my wife, and then to bed, my head being in great pain and my palate still down.Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete | Samuel Pepys
British Dictionary definitions for palate
the sense of taste: she had no palate for the wine
relish or enjoyment
botany (in some two-lipped corollas) the projecting part of the lower lip that closes the opening of the corolla
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Scientific definitions for palate
The roof of the mouth in vertebrate animals, separating the mouth from the passages of the nose.♦ The bony part of the palate is called the hard palate. ♦ A soft, flexible, rear portion of the palate, called the soft palate, is present in mammals only and serves to close off the mouth from the nose during swallowing.
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Cultural definitions for palate
The roof of the mouth. The palate separates the mouth from the nasal cavity.
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