- Anatomy. the roof of the mouth, consisting of an anterior bony portion (hard palate) and a posterior muscular portion (soft palate) that separate the oral cavity from the nasal cavity.
- the sense of taste: a dinner to delight the palate.
- intellectual or aesthetic taste; mental appreciation.
Origin of palate
Related Words for palatebias, penchant, partiality, tendency, attraction, inclination, preference, appetite, disposition, zest, gusto
Examples from the Web for palate
Contemporary Examples of palate
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
November 16, 2014
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.
By 1987, however, the American palate was beginning to change.Hillbilly Heaven: The History of Small-Batch Bourbon
March 29, 2014
When I first met Roy Choi, he said I had the palate of a nine-year-old.Jon Favreau On the Food Porn-y ‘Chef,’ ‘The Jungle Book,’ and Why He Left the ‘Iron Man’ Franchise
March 9, 2014
Historical Examples of palate
Here is a salad that would have intrigued the palate of Lucullus, himself.Her Father's Daughter
Sugar is not so sweet to the palate as sound to the healthy ear.
Woefully had the massacre of the saints failed to please the palate of the populace.Melomaniacs
The fruit of Croton is a feast both to the eye and to the palate.Manual of American Grape-Growing
U. P. Hedrick
I have lost all palate for Bordeaux since I came to Mr. Cashel.Roland Cashel
Charles James Lever
Word Origin for palate
late 14c., "roof of the mouth," from Old French palat and directly from Latin palatum "roof of the mouth," perhaps of Etruscan origin [Klein]. Popularly considered the seat of taste, hence transferred meaning "sense of taste" (late 14c.), which also was in classical Latin. Related: Palatal; palatalize.
- The bony and muscular partition between the oral and nasal cavities; the roof of the mouth.
- 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.
The roof of the mouth. The palate separates the mouth from the nasal cavity.