palate

[ pal-it ]
/ ˈpæl ɪt /

noun

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

1350–1400; Middle English palat < Latin palātum roof of the mouth

Related forms

pal·ate·less, adjectivepal·ate·like, adjective

Can be confused

palate palette pallet
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British Dictionary definitions for palate

palate

/ (ˈpælɪt) /

noun

the roof of the mouth, separating the oral and nasal cavitiesSee hard palate, soft palate Related adjective: palatine
the sense of tasteshe 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

Word Origin for palate

C14: from Latin palātum, perhaps of Etruscan origin

confusable

Avoid confusion with palette, pallet 1
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Medicine definitions for palate

palate

[ pălĭt ]

n.

The bony and muscular partition between the oral and nasal cavities; the roof of the mouth.

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Science definitions for palate

palate

[ pălĭt ]

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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Culture definitions for palate

palate

[ (pal-uht) ]

The roof of the mouth. The palate separates the mouth from the nasal cavity.


Note

It is sometimes said that a person has a “cultivated palate” if he or she has a discerning taste for food.
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