[ tey-ster ]
/ ˈteɪ stər /


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

Nearby words

  1. tasteful,
  2. tastefully,
  3. tasteless,
  4. tastelessly,
  5. tastemaker,
  6. tasting,
  7. tasting menu,
  8. tasty,
  9. tat,
  10. tat tvam asi

Origin of taster

1350–1400; Middle English tastour < Anglo-French. See taste, -er1

Related formspre·tast·er, noun

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/ (ˈteɪstə) /


a person who samples food or drink for quality
any device used in tasting or sampling
a person employed, esp formerly, to taste food and drink prepared for a king, etc, to test for poison
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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