Definition of taste
- to examine by touch; feel.
- to test or try.
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Origin of taste
synonym study for taste
historical usage of taste
Tasten was borrowed from Old French taster “to touch, try,” from an unrecorded Vulgar Latin verb tastāre (or taxtāre or taxitāre ), which is most likely an alteration of a frequentative verb formed from tangere “to touch, tap, taste (food), lay hands on, affect (with emotion), seize, defraud.” (A frequentative verb is one that expresses repetition of an action).
Though the meaning “to try or examine by touch; to feel” is now obsolete, the current figurative meaning “to have a slight experience of something” has developed from that literal use. And of course the primary meaning “to try the flavor of something” is merely referring to another one of our five senses that is stimulated by food taken into the mouth.
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What is a basic definition of taste?
Taste is the human sense that we use to experience the flavors of things we eat and drink. Taste is the flavor of something, and to taste something means to eat or drink a small amount of it. Taste has many other senses as a verb and a noun.
- Real-life examples: Humans use their mouth, tongue, and taste buds to experience the flavor or sensations of different foods and drinks. Animals have a sense of taste as well, although most of them have different taste buds than humans so foods will have different flavors to them.
- Used in a sentence: When Isiah was sick he lost his sense of taste and his mother’s soup no longer tasted good to him.
The unique sensation or flavor that a food, drink, or other thing causes is called its taste. Something that has a good taste is said to be tasty.
- Real-life examples: Most fruits have a sweet taste. A lot of people do not like the taste of fish. Chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry ice cream all have different tastes.
- Used in a sentence: I know cauliflower is good for me, but I just don’t like the taste of it.
Taste is used to mean to put a small amount of something into your mouth to determine what kind of sensation it causes. This way, we can tell “what it tastes like.”
- Real-life examples: Parents everywhere struggle to get children to even taste their vegetables. You might cautiously taste a piece of unfamiliar food. A chef may taste a small spoonful of their cooking to see if it needs more spices.
- Used in a sentence: The puppy tasted only a small bite of the new dog food before walking away in disgust.
Where does taste come from?
The first records of taste come from around 1250. It ultimately comes from the Old French taster, meaning “to touch” or “to explore by touching.”
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How is taste used in real life?
Taste is a very common word that people use to describe the flavors of foods and drinks that they consume.
I don’t know when I became a coffee lover. I used to hate the taste of it lol
— Taylor ✨ (@taayylorrnicole) November 30, 2020
I’m trying a blueberry ginger pie recipe and I just tasted the filling and it is SO GOOD! I can’t wait to eat it! 🤤
— Lauren Skidmore (@ilaurenskidmore) November 26, 2020
I made tea like 10 minutes ago and literally didn’t even taste it before it fell all over a bunch of my stuff🙃🙃
— hazel (@hzelafrodite) July 6, 2020
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True or False?
You might say your soup tastes loud.
How to use taste in a sentence
Last year the company did a taste test for employees, investors, and a group of chefs and restaurateurs.This Startup Is Growing Sushi-Grade Salmon From Cells in a Lab|Vanessa Bates Ramirez|September 16, 2020|Singularity Hub
Olivia Ghaussy got a taste of how quickly anyone can build a following on social media.What’s Oracle? TikTok users react to proposed Oracle deal|Danielle Abril|September 15, 2020|Fortune
They’re oversized, so you’ll never wish you had more fabric, and they come in a few neutral shades to generally fit most tastes.
Rodríguez said on the 14th day of her quarantine she began to lose her sense of taste, suffered from severe headaches and palpitations.
What we didn’t know was how many thousands of you would phone and write asking us to bring back the classic taste of original Coca-Cola.
The taste of metal cutlery after years of plastic can also taste funny.His First Day Out Of Jail After 40 Years: Adjusting To Life Outside|Justin Rohrlich|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Whisk in the half and half and season to taste with salt and pepper.Make Carla Hall’s Crispy Shallot Green Bean Casserole|Carla Hall|December 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
To the uninitiated, this might smack of poor taste and inappropriate timing.In One Corner of Syria, Christmas Spirit Somehow Manages to Survive|Peter Schwartzstein|December 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The correspondent does a stand-up next to a burning pile of heroin and gets a taste of its effect.
For Paul, the thrill of breakfast with the Reverend, may be giving way to the taste of burnt toast.
She was flushed and felt intoxicated with the sound of her own voice and the unaccustomed taste of candor.
In connection with this step the practice of melodies is useful, if one has musical taste.Expressive Voice Culture|Jessie Eldridge Southwick
She fancied there was a sympathy of thought and taste between them, in which fancy she was mistaken.
A world that has known five years of fighting has lost its taste for the honest drudgery of work.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice|Stephen Leacock
I had no idea of going back to Benton right away, and sitting around Fort Walsh waiting for something to turn up was not my taste.Raw Gold|Bertrand W. Sinclair
British Dictionary definitions for taste
Derived forms of tastetastable, adjective
Word Origin for taste
Other Idioms and Phrases with taste
see acquired taste; dose (taste) of one's own medicine; leave a bad taste in one's mouth; no accounting for tastes; poor taste.