flavor

Flavor is the way something tastes. If an ice cream shop offers 50 flavors, each one of them will taste different.

The flavor of your soup can be adjusted by adding salt — and when you add ingredients to change a food's taste, you can say you flavor it. From the flavor of food comes the sense of flavor meaning "atmosphere" or "feeling." You could say, for example, that you're not crazy about a particular clothing shop because it has such a glitzy, expensive flavor. Flavor initially meant "smell," from the Vulgar Latin flator, "odor."

Definitions of flavor
  1. noun
    the taste experience when a savoury condiment is taken into the mouth
    synonyms: flavour, nip, relish, sapidity, savor, savour, smack, tang
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    types:
    lemon
    a distinctive tart flavor characteristic of lemons
    vanilla
    a distinctive fragrant flavor characteristic of vanilla beans
    type of:
    gustatory perception, gustatory sensation, taste, taste perception, taste sensation
    the sensation that results when taste buds in the tongue and throat convey information about the chemical composition of a soluble stimulus
  2. noun
    the general atmosphere of a place or situation and the effect that it has on people
    synonyms: feel, feeling, flavour, look, smell, spirit, tone
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    types:
    Hollywood
    a flashy vulgar tone or atmosphere believed to be characteristic of the American film industry
    Zeitgeist
    the spirit of the time; the spirit characteristic of an age or generation
    type of:
    ambiance, ambience, atmosphere
    a particular environment or surrounding influence
  3. verb
    lend flavor to
    synonyms: flavour, season
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    sauce
    dress (food) with a relish
    curry
    season with a mixture of spices; typical of Indian cooking
    resinate
    impregnate with resin to give a special flavor to
    spice, spice up, zest
    add herbs or spices to
    savor, savour
    give taste to
    salt
    add salt to
    ginger
    add ginger to in order to add flavor
    pepper
    add pepper to
  4. noun
    (physics) the six kinds of quarks
    synonyms: flavour
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    types:
    charm
    (physics) one of the six flavors of quark
    strangeness
    (physics) one of the six flavors of quark
    type of:
    form, kind, sort, variety
    a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality
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