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  1. the quality in a substance that affects the sense of taste or of smell.
  2. a particular taste or smell.
  3. distinctive quality or property.
  4. power to excite or interest.
  5. Archaic. repute.
verb (used without object)
  1. to have savor, taste, or odor.
  2. to exhibit the peculiar characteristics; smack (often followed by of): His business practices savor of greed.
verb (used with object)
  1. to give a savor to; season; flavor.
  2. to perceive by taste or smell, especially with relish: to savor the garden's odors.
  3. to give oneself to the enjoyment of: to savor the best in life.
Also especially British, sa·vour.

Origin of savor

1175–1225; (noun) Middle English sav(o)ur < Old French savour < Latin sapōrem, accusative of sapor taste, derivative of sapere to taste (cf. sapient); (v.) Middle English sav(o)uren < Old French savourer < Late Latin sapōrāre, derivative of sapor
Related formssa·vor·er, nounsa·vor·ing·ly, adverbsa·vor·less, adjectivesa·vor·ous, adjectiveout·sa·vor, verb (used with object)un·sa·vored, adjective
Can be confusedsavior savor savory

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Usage note

See -or1. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for savoring

sip, taste, appreciate, smell, relish, like, feel, experience, sample, smack, know, gloat, partake

Examples from the Web for savoring

Contemporary Examples of savoring

Historical Examples of savoring

  • He seemed to be savoring it, as if he thought it was going to be his very last.

    Pagan Passions

    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • Gerda stretched and drew a deep breath, savoring the summer morning air.


    Everett B. Cole

  • I knew that I ought to be savoring this experience, but for some reason I couldn't.

    High Adventure

    James Norman Hall

  • For one second he was tempted, savoring the thought of what it would be like.


    Harry Harrison

  • This the boy also resented as savoring of mockery, and he kicked again.

    Friendship and Folly

    Maria Louise Pool

Word Origin and History for savoring



mid-13c., from Old French savor "flavor, taste; sauce, seasoning; delight, pleasure," from Latin saporem (nominative sapor) "taste, flavor," related to sapere "to have a flavor" (see sapient).



c.1300, from Old French savorer "taste, breathe in; appreciate, care for," from Late Latin saporare, from Latin sapor (see savor (n.)). Related: Savored; savoring.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper