/ ˈseɪvə /


  1. the quality in a substance that is perceived by the sense of taste or smell
  2. a specific taste or smell

    the savour of lime

  3. a slight but distinctive quality or trace
  4. the power to excite interest

    the savour of wit has been lost

  5. archaic.


  1. introften foll byof to possess the taste or smell (of)
  2. introften foll byof to have a suggestion (of)
  3. tr to give a taste to; season
  4. tr to taste or smell, esp appreciatively
  5. tr to relish or enjoy

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Derived Forms

  • ˈsavourless, adjective
  • ˈsavorous, adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of savour1

C13: from Old French savour, from Latin sapor taste, from sapere to taste

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Example Sentences

Give a sweet savour, and a memorial of fine flour, and make a fat offering, and then give place to the physician.

These poems, of a savour so exquisitely strange, cost him no more than any badly rhymed commonplace.

Some fruit was boiling on a stove, giving out a fragrant savour, and Elise's eye was on it mechanically.

Brother Jackson made a motion with his mouth, as though he were tasting some pleasant savour.

And as for emotions—such as anger, or religion, or fear—he would attempt none whose savour he had not tasted for himself.