Definition of an acquired taste in English:

an acquired taste


  • A thing that one comes to like over time.

    ‘pumpkin pie is an acquired taste’
    • ‘Somewhat of an acquired taste, his screaming vocals transmit a message of fury, desperation and anger, though perhaps the actual content is hard to pick up.’
    • ‘Their comedy is very much an acquired taste - think Goons, think Python, think sillier - but the fact they are allowed access to Tellyland at all should be welcomed by everyone.’
    • ‘‘Raw fish - it's an acquired taste,’ said Stokes, a former SAS soldier and survival expert.’
    • ‘While I have never tried authentic bird's nest soup, apparently it is an acquired taste - many westerners think it tastes quite rubbery the first time they try it.’
    • ‘The food is quite good - Mexican, barbecue, chili, shrimp and chicken-fried steak, an acquired taste.’
    • ‘Like the other books reviewed here, it's an acquired taste.’
    • ‘Green tea is made to be appreciated ‘au nature’ (adding milk is a criminal offence) and it has a subtle flavour, at first slightly elusive - definitely an acquired taste.’
    • ‘Although his singing is definitely an acquired taste, the songs are deep in the American vein and generally good.’
    • ‘The flavor combination is something of an acquired taste, which I, unfortunately, had yet to acquire.’
    • ‘Either you like it or you don't, and the condiments - pickled ginger and spicy horseradish - are also an acquired taste.’
    • ‘Thomas Mann, the great German novelist, is an acquired taste.’
    • ‘The book is an acquired taste, but on stage it revealed itself as an entertaining character comedy thanks to a set of brilliant performances led by Ward as a catty matriarch driven by self-interest.’
    • ‘She said: ‘Aged champagne is an acquired taste and often loses its fizz, and this had lost most of its fizz.’’
    • ‘His music is an acquired taste and I don't think I am going to acquire it any time soon.’
    • ‘Goats' milk is an acquired taste and we never did quite take to it.’
    • ‘Their ‘weird concoction of styles,’ as their vocalist/guitarist would say, is indeed an acquired taste, but it certainly never stopped the fans from coming.’
    • ‘Strauss's music may be an acquired taste, according to some, but I don't remember a time when I knew it and didn't like it.’
    • ‘Like gin, oysters and goats' cheese, Jimi Hendrix is an acquired taste for the more mature, developed palate - and well worth the effort.’
    • ‘Now my friend protests that the lyrics are deep and that the sound is an acquired taste, but with so much else out there to listen to, why bother?’
    • ‘Granted, this kind of musical satire is an acquired taste, but his adaptation is little more than an excuse for clever rhymes and in-jokes.’