Definition of


  1. (noun, act) a kind of sensing; distinguishing substances by means of the taste buds
  2. (noun, cognition) the faculty of distinguishing sweet, sour, bitter, and salty properties in the mouth
  3. (noun, cognition) the sensation that results when taste buds in the tongue and throat convey information about the chemical composition of a soluble stimulus
    the melon had a delicious taste
  4. (noun, cognition) delicate discrimination (especially of aesthetic values)
    to ask at that particular time was the ultimate in bad taste
  5. (noun, event) a brief experience of something
    she enjoyed her brief taste of independence
  6. (noun, feeling) a strong liking
    the Irish have a penchant for blarney
  7. (noun, food) a small amount eaten or drunk
  8. (verb, cognition) experience briefly
  9. (verb, consumption) take a sample of
    Sample the regional dishes
  10. (verb, perception) perceive by the sense of taste
  11. (verb, perception) distinguish flavors
  12. (verb, perception) have flavor; taste of something
  13. (verb, perception) have a distinctive or characteristic taste

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Origin of the word Taste

  1. late 13c., "to touch, to handle," from O.Fr. taster "to taste" (13c.), earlier "to feel, touch" (12c.), from V.L. *tastare, apparently an alteration of taxtare, a frequentative form of L. taxare "evaluate, handle" (see tax). Meaning "to take a little food or drink" is from c.1300; that of "to perceive by sense of taste" is recorded from mid-14c. Of s… more
  2. c.1300, "act of tasting," from O.Fr. tast (Fr. t?t), from taster (see taste (v.)). Meaning "faculty or sense by which flavor of a thing is discerned" is attested from c.1380. Meaning "savor, sapidity, flavor" is from 1382. Sense of "aesthetic judgment" is first attested 1671 (cf. Fr. go?t, Ger. geschmack, Rus. vkus, etc.). Tastefulmore

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