Taste is the ability to tell the difference between flavors in your mouth. It's your sense of taste that tells you if what you're eating is salty, sweet, or sour.

The verb taste means to perceive with your sense of taste ("I tasted kiwi for the first time") or to have a certain flavor ("the cake tastes of cinnamon and nutmeg"). The noun taste has a few different meanings. It's sensing flavors on your tongue, but it's also having a preference for something or a sense of discernment: "She has such good taste. Her clothes are always perfect." If you take a small sample of food, that's also a taste, as is a quick experience: "I only had a taste of what living in Paris would be like." Taste comes from the Old French taster, "to feel."

Definitions of taste
  1. noun
    the faculty of distinguishing sweet, sour, bitter, and salty properties in the mouth
    synonyms: gustation, gustatory modality, sense of taste
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    modality, sense modality, sensory system
    a particular sense
    sensitivity to stimuli originating outside of the body
  2. noun
    a kind of sensing; distinguishing substances by means of the taste buds
    synonyms: tasting
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    the ability to taste, judge, and appreciate food
    type of:
    perception, sensing
    becoming aware of something via the senses
  3. noun
    the sensation that results when taste buds in the tongue and throat convey information about the chemical composition of a soluble stimulus
    “the candy left him with a bad taste
    “the melon had a delicious taste
    synonyms: gustatory perception, gustatory sensation, taste perception, taste sensation
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    flavor, flavour, nip, relish, sapidity, savor, savour, smack, tang
    the taste experience when a savoury condiment is taken into the mouth
    sugariness, sweet, sweetness
    the taste experience when sugar dissolves in the mouth
    sour, sourness, tartness
    the taste experience when vinegar or lemon juice is taken into the mouth
    bitter, bitterness
    the taste experience when quinine or coffee is taken into the mouth
    salinity, salt, saltiness
    the taste experience when common salt is taken into the mouth
    astringence, astringency
    a sharp astringent taste; the taste experience when a substance causes the mouth to pucker
    (wine tasting) the taste of a wine on the back of the tongue (as it is swallowed)
    a deficiency in flavor
    a taste (especially of fruit) that is ripe and of full flavor
    a distinctive tart flavor characteristic of lemons
    a distinctive fragrant flavor characteristic of vanilla beans
    acidity, acidulousness
    the taste experience when something acidic is taken into the mouth
    type of:
    aesthesis, esthesis, sensation, sense datum, sense experience, sense impression
    an unelaborated elementary awareness of stimulation
  4. verb
    have flavor; taste of something
    synonyms: savor, savour
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    have a distinctive or characteristic taste
  5. verb
    have a distinctive or characteristic taste
    “This tastes of nutmeg”
    synonyms: smack
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    type of:
    savor, savour
    have flavor; taste of something
  6. verb
    perceive by the sense of taste
    “Can you taste the garlic?”
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    savor, savour
    taste appreciatively
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    comprehend, perceive
    become aware of through the senses
  7. noun
    a strong liking
    synonyms: penchant, predilection, preference
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    acquired taste
    a preference that is only acquired after considerable experience
    a penchant for something even though it might not be good for you
    type of:
    a feeling of pleasure and enjoyment
  8. noun
    delicate discrimination (especially of aesthetic values)
    “arrogance and lack of taste contributed to his rapid success”
    “to ask at that particular time was the ultimate in bad taste
    synonyms: appreciation, discernment, perceptiveness
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    connoisseurship, vertu, virtu
    love of or taste for fine objects of art
    style, trend, vogue
    the popular taste at a given time
    delicacy, discretion
    refined taste; tact
    the tastes in art and manners that are favored by a social group
    New Look
    a style of women's clothing created by Christian Dior in 1947; involved a tight bodice and narrow waist and a flowing pleated skirt
    the latest and most admired style in clothes and cosmetics and behavior
    a popular trend that attracts growing support
    a culture with lifestyles and values opposed to those of the established culture
    mass culture
    the culture that is widely disseminated via the mass media
    the literary culture
    pop culture, popular culture
    the art, media, and ideas preferred by ordinary people, rather than the educated elite
    type of:
    discrimination, secernment
    the cognitive process whereby two or more stimuli are distinguished
  9. noun
    a small amount eaten or drunk
    “take a taste--you'll like it”
    synonyms: mouthful
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    bit, bite, morsel
    a small amount of solid food; a mouthful
    sup, swallow
    a small amount of liquid food
    chaw, chew, cud, plug, quid, wad
    a wad of something chewable as tobacco
    small piece of e.g. bread or cake
    sop, sops
    piece of solid food for dipping in a liquid
    type of:
    small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity
    an indefinite quantity that is below average size or magnitude
  10. noun
    a brief experience of something
    “he got a taste of life on the wild side”
    “she enjoyed her brief taste of independence”
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    an event as apprehended
  11. verb
    distinguish flavors
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    consider to be equal or the same
  12. verb
    take a sample of
    synonyms: sample, try, try out
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    taste with relish
    type of:
    consume, have, ingest, take, take in
    serve oneself to, or consume regularly
  13. verb
    experience briefly
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    experience, know, live
    have firsthand knowledge of states, situations, emotions, or sensations
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