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  1. a person who tastes, especially one skilled in distinguishing the qualities of liquors, tea, etc., by the taste.
  2. a container for taking samples or tasting.
  3. a wide shallow cup, usually metal, for holding wine to be tasted, as by a professional taster.
  4. a person employed or ordered to taste the food and drink prepared for a king, dictator, etc., to ascertain the presence of poison.
  5. Genetics. a person able to taste phenylthiourea or some other test substance.
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Origin of taster

1350–1400; Middle English tastour < Anglo-French. See taste, -er1
Related formspre·tast·er, noun
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Related Words for taster

mug, drink, bowl, taste, gulp, bite, piece, morsel, beaker, potion, chalice, grail, vessel, teacup, cannikin, goblet, stein, tumbler, draught, cupful

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Historical Examples of taster

  • But every taster must take into his mouth some things that are unpleasant, and he did.

    Recollections and Impressions

    Octavius Brooks Frothingham

  • "He is such a taster," she added, but particularized no more.

    The Three Black Pennys

    Joseph Hergesheimer

  • It has also to be remarked that Hunt is much better as a taster than as a professor or expounder.

  • Happy, however, the taster whose crisis of penury coincides with the opening of the “Ham Fair”!

    Paris and the Social Revolution

    Alvan Francis Sanborn

  • But, to the possibly erroneous taste of the present taster, it does not seem to be a consummated consommé.

British Dictionary definitions for taster


  1. a person who samples food or drink for quality
  2. any device used in tasting or sampling
  3. a person employed, esp formerly, to taste food and drink prepared for a king, etc, to test for poison
  4. a sample or preview of a product, experience, etc, intended to stimulate interest in the product, experience, etc, itselfthe single serves as a taster for the band's new album
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