[ sey-ver ]
/ ˈseɪ vər /


verb (used without object)

to have savor, taste, or odor.
to exhibit the peculiar characteristics; smack (often followed by of): His business practices savor of greed.

verb (used with object)

Nearby words

  1. savoir-vivre,
  2. savona,
  3. savonarola,
  4. savonarola chair,
  5. savonarola, girolamo,
  6. savory,
  7. savour,
  8. savoury,
  9. savoy,
  10. savoy alps

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 forms
Can be confusedsavior savor savory

Usage note

See -or1. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for savoring
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper