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taste definition

Overview

This page has 21 definitions of taste with English translations in 6 languages. Taste is a noun and verb. Examples of how to use taste in a sentence are shown. Also define these 28 related words and terms: sensation, tongue, chemical, sense, sample, food, drink, recreational drug, implicit, esthetic, culinary, sartorial, preference, liking, predilection, experience, quality, silk, ribbon, flavor, orally, copular verb, type, singular, present tense, subjunctive mood, tasten, and tast.

See also: Taste, tašte, and tāste

English taste definition

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Etymology

From Middle English tasten, borrowed from Old French taster, from assumed Vulgar Latin *tastāre, from assumed Vulgar Latin *taxitāre, a new iterative of Latin taxāre (to touch sharply), from tangere (to touch). Almost displaced native Middle English smaken, smakien (to taste) (from Old English smacian (to taste)), Middle English smecchen (to taste, smack) (from Old English smæċċan (to taste)) (whence Modern English smack), Middle English buriȝen (to taste) (from Old English byrigan, birian (to taste)).

Pronunciation

Noun

taste (countable and uncountable, plural tastes)

  1. One of the sensations produced by the tongue in response to certain chemicals; the quality of giving this sensation.
    He had a strange taste in his mouth.
    Venison has a strong taste.
    • Sensation definition
      A physical feeling or perception from something that comes into contact with the body; something sensed. (1 of 2 sensation definitions)
  2. The sense that consists in the perception and interpretation of this sensation.
    His taste was impaired by an illness.
  3. A small sample of food, drink, or recreational drugs.
  4. (countable and uncountable) A person's implicit set of preferences, especially esthetic, though also culinary, sartorial, etc.
    Dr. Parker has good taste in wine.
    • 1907 August, Robert W[illiam] Chambers, chapter VIII, in The Younger Set, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 24962326:
      "My tastes," he said, still smiling, "incline me to the garishly sunlit side of this planet." And, to tease her and arouse her to combat: "I prefer a farandole to a nocturne; I'd rather have a painting than an etching; Mr. Whistler bores me with his monochromatic mud; I don't like dull colours, dull sounds, dull intellects; []."
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 1, in The China Governess[1]:
      The huge square box, parquet-floored and high-ceilinged, had been arranged to display a suite of bedroom furniture designed and made in the halcyon days of the last quarter of the nineteenth century, when modish taste was just due to go clean out of fashion for the best part of the next hundred years.
    • Esthetic definition
      Alternative form of aesthetic
    • Sartorial definition
      Of or relating to the tailoring of clothing. (1 of 3 sartorial definitions)
  5. Personal preference; liking; predilection.
    I have developed a taste for fine wine.
  6. (uncountable, figuratively) A small amount of experience with something that gives a sense of its quality as a whole.
    • Experience definition
      The effect upon the judgment or feelings produced by any event, whether witnessed or participated in; personal and direct impressions as contrasted with description or fancies; personal acquaintance; actual enjoyment or suffering. (1 of 5 experience definitions)
  7. A kind of narrow and thin silk ribbon.
    • Ribbon definition
      A long, narrow strip of material used for decoration of clothing or the hair or gift wrapping. (1 of 14 ribbon definitions)

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Verb

taste (third-person singular simple present tastes, present participle tasting, simple past and past participle tasted)

  1. (transitive) To sample the flavor of something orally.
  2. (intransitive, copulative) To have a taste; to excite a particular sensation by which flavour is distinguished.
    The chicken tasted great, but the milk tasted like garlic.
  3. To experience.
    I tasted in her arms the delights of paradise.
    They had not yet tasted the sweetness of freedom.
  4. To take sparingly.
  5. To try by eating a little; to eat a small quantity of.
  6. (obsolete) To try by the touch; to handle.

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Danish taste definition

Etymology

From the noun tast.

Pronunciation

  • Rhymes: -astə

Verb

taste (imperative tast, infinitive at taste, present tense taster, past tense tastede, perfect tense har/er tastet)

  1. To type

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Dutch taste definition

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taste

  1. (archaic) singular present subjunctive of tasten
    • Present Tense definition
      A grammatical tense whose principal function is to locate a situation or event in the present time.
    • Tasten definition
      third-person plural present indicative form of tastar

German taste definition

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taste

  1. inflection of tasten:
    1. first-person singular present
    2. first/third-person singular subjunctive I
    3. singular imperative

Norwegian Bokmål taste definition

Verb

taste (imperative tast, present tense taster, passive tastes, simple past and past participle tasta or tastet, present participle tastende)

  1. to type (on a computer keyboard or typewriter)

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Serbo-Croatian taste definition

Noun

taste (Cyrillic spelling тасте)

  1. vocative singular of tast
    • Tast definition
      Obsolete spelling of taste.