Definition of flavour in English:


(US flavor)


  • 1The distinctive taste of a food or drink.

    ‘the yoghurt comes in eight fruit flavours’
    mass noun ‘adding sun-dried tomatoes gives the sauce extra flavour’
    • ‘The senses of smell and taste let you fully enjoy the flavors of foods and drinks, and the smells of flowers.’
    • ‘The point of cooking outdoors over charcoal is to imbue the food with that distinctive flavour.’
    • ‘With brilliant colors, intense flavors, and distinctive textures, foods from farmers' markets tempt and delight.’
    • ‘Not only are they good for you but they are very tasty and enhance the flavour of foods.’
    • ‘It's soft, juicy and easy to drink, with bright plum and raspberry fruit flavours and good colour in the glass.’
    • ‘It's quite fiery stuff with pepper, spices and some tannic activity but best of all, it's over-brimming with summer fruit flavours.’
    • ‘The function of salt is to enhance the flavour of food and not to overpower it.’
    • ‘If you like oaky fruit flavours then this is for you.’
    • ‘Their unique flavour was distinguished by the addition of sweet soy sauce over the spicy peanut sauce.’
    • ‘Apart from a quality controller, there is also a food technologist to ensure that the flavour and taste is consistent.’
    • ‘It's full of rich fruit flavours (blackberry and plums) with violet, spice and a generous helping of French oak.’
    • ‘That's only a bad thing if it dominates the other flavours, probably of fruit and flowers.’
    • ‘The meat is famous for its ‘marbling’ - the blend of fat and lean meat which gives it its distinctive flavour and texture.’
    • ‘The distinctive earthy flavour of the food is now lost, to be perhaps sourced only in a few remote villages.’
    • ‘We both agreed that the flavours were distinctive although we were unable to name many of the herbs we ate.’
    • ‘People enjoyed them because of the scents and distinctive flavors.’
    • ‘Limes have a stimulating, wake-me-up freshness that sets off the less obvious flavours of more subtle fruits and vegetables.’
    • ‘Deliciously fresh and vibrant fruit aromas and flavours in every sip.’
    • ‘Consumers are increasingly choosing premium foods and exotic flavours as their tastes change.’
    • ‘Love them or hate them, there's no doubt the olive has one of the most distinctive flavours in your kitchen cupboard, a flavour you can trust.’
    taste, savour, tang, relish, palate
    flavouring, seasoning, tastiness, tang, tanginess, interest, relish, bite, piquancy, pungency, savour, smack, spice, spiciness, sharpness, zest, raciness, edge
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    1. 1.1US A substance used to alter or enhance the taste of food or drink; a flavouring.
  • 2in singular An indication of the essential character of something.

    ‘the extracts give a flavour of the content and tone of the conversation’
    • ‘But it does convey something of the flavour of the benefits regime, in its concern that those who need help can get it.’
    • ‘But this review by Clive Davis gives a flavour of what to expect.’
    • ‘An atmosphere matching the flavour of the book was what the organisers sought to create and succeeded in creating.’
    • ‘Hopefully it will give you a flavour of what it was like.’
    • ‘‘The aim was to give them a flavour of the kind of science primary-age children are taught in this country,’ he said.’
    • ‘Before I go, a flavour of how others celebrate the day.’
    • ‘I didn't get on, but I was grateful for the opportunity to get a flavour of what it's like to be close to one of the greatest club competitions in the world.’
    • ‘A two, to three-minute extract from each of the 20 short-listed pieces was read to give the audience a flavour of the writing.’
    • ‘The 10-week evening course will give students a flavour of the most important fields of enquiry within women's studies at present.’
    • ‘Recruits would gain experience in administration and get a flavour of working in a challenging and interesting environment, the spokesman said.’
    • ‘It came to me when I saw the picture of husky racing in Grizedale in last week's Gazette and I have suitably adapted it to give a flavour of my idea.’
    • ‘We can do no more than give a flavour of his work here.’
    • ‘Saturday's audience will, according to Smyth, get a flavour of this and, of course, examples of their other standout work.’
    • ‘Her books are intended to give children a flavour of the period and also an understanding of a timeline - a concept often difficult to teach.’
    • ‘The following is just a flavour of some of the comments and suggestions.’
    • ‘A flavour of what this article does say, despite the claims of Sullivan, can be had from the following two brief paragraphs.’
    • ‘I'll give you a flavour of some of the outlandish claims he makes (this published just yesterday, mind).’
    • ‘It would certainly give you a flavour of their culture.’
    • ‘I have outlined just a flavour of what is happening in the next couple of months and I'm quite sure that Sligo athletes will be highly motivated by what lies ahead.’
    • ‘The trial would give them a flavour of the problems that will ensue.’
    impression, indication, suggestion, hint, taste, nuance
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    1. 2.1in singular A distinctive quality or atmosphere.
      ‘whitewashed walls and red pantiles gave the resort a Mediterranean flavour’
      • ‘Much in the game indicates that it's the flavour and atmosphere that is to be emphasized and I think it works best when the players accept this.’
      • ‘Paintings on cowskin also hang on the walls adding a Latin flavour to the atmosphere.’
      • ‘The exhibition will also have an international flavour as it will feature artwork from our visiting delegation, Venezuela.’
      • ‘The stylish and atmospheric flavour of the new showroom was inspired by Saab's aircraft heritage and the Scandinavian design ethic.’
      • ‘It marries well with the extreme storytelling and characterisation to give the film a flavour of operatic grandeur.’
      • ‘It was a joking reference to the Hispanic flavour of the venue, but even being able to joke at this stage of the game is a display of confidence.’
      • ‘We'll be showing the build up to England games, taking a look around the stadiums and giving living room supporters a real flavour of the atmosphere and tension in Asia.’
      • ‘Lang says buskers add life to the atmosphere and flavour of a community, and he hopes more Busk Stops will be added.’
      • ‘Did somebody make a decision that the board minutes shouldn't reflect the flavour or tenor of that board meeting?’
      • ‘Sure, he knows how to relate the events of the story on film, but he's got no style, no distinctive flavor, no particular eye for detail.’
      • ‘The second act brings us back to the traditional roots of tango with music from the classical era, capturing the atmosphere and flavour of Buenos Aires, the birthplace of tango.’
      • ‘The makeover will capture the flavour of Euro-Caribbean styling with an open floor plan that takes advantage of the island's tropical setting.’
      • ‘Bolton Arts Festival took on an Asian flavour on Saturday with a show to recreate the atmosphere of Bolton Mela.’
      character, quality, feel, feeling, ambience, atmosphere, aura, air, mood, aspect, tone, tenor, complexion, style, stamp, property
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  • 3A kind, variety, or sort.

    ‘various flavours of firewall are evolving’
    • ‘In the sixties, I would have called them Birchers, not having the knowledge of the far right back then to distinguish amongst different flavors of rightwing lunacy.’
    • ‘When parking-lot congestion impedes the advance of responsible eaters toward the bin of heirloom tomatoes, you see that anger comes in many flavors.’
    • ‘Microsoft UK is offering free evaluation CDs of Windows. NET Server beta 3, in Web, Standard, Enterprise and Datacenter flavours.’
  • 4Physics
    A quantized property of quarks which differentiates them into at least six varieties (up, down, charmed, strange, top, bottom).

    Compare with colour
    • ‘Each quark can be chosen from any of six flavours: up, down, strange, charm, bottom and top.’
    • ‘The only inputs were a few experimentally known hadron masses that were used to determine the lattice spacing and the masses of five of the quark flavors.’
    • ‘So far we know of six quark flavors: Up, down, strange, charm, top, and bottom.’


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  • 1Alter or enhance the taste of (food or drink) by adding a particular ingredient.

    ‘chunks of chicken flavoured with herbs’
    • ‘Fresh basil may well be the signature herb of summer, perfuming our gardens and flavoring our foods with its delightful clovelike essence.’
    • ‘Another culinary idea is to flavour vinegar with herbs.’
    • ‘Because of the widespread use of this Worcester sauce to flavour other foods, we may find further affected products.’
    • ‘The chicken and potatoes were well flavoured with the lemon and garlic.’
    • ‘The other spices you mention are commonly used to flavor food.’
    • ‘The rice was flavoured with tomato and spices and the salad was of crisp iceberg lettuce lightly drizzled with a mustard dressing.’
    • ‘Wine vinegar is often flavoured with herbs such as tarragon and basil, or with chillies.’
    • ‘Where, for instance, were the bowls of freshly chopped green chillis with which to flavour the food?’
    • ‘From the roof hung the herbs used to flavor the food.’
    • ‘Miso is quite salty, so use it instead of salt to flavor your food.’
    • ‘At a time when salt was crucial for preserving as well as flavouring food, it was also extremely hard to come by.’
    • ‘With the discovery that rose water could flavour food, the Arabs began to use it lavishly in their dishes.’
    • ‘The dish is flavoured with ginger and is very delicious.’
    • ‘To reduce your sodium intake, take the salt shaker off the table and flavor foods with herbs, spices, and lemon juice instead.’
    • ‘Events such as the York Festival Of Food And Drink point out that there is more than one way to flavour food.’
    • ‘Dye obtained from the flowers is used to colour and flavour foods like rice, soups, cheeses and butter.’
    • ‘Now, if your man demands meat, and you want to find ways around serving him hunks of meat all the time, try merely flavoring foods with meat.’
    • ‘It is said that it is good for the skin and Greeks and peoples of the Mediterranean flavoured their foods, such as rice, fish, cheese, and soups with it.’
    add flavour to, add flavouring to, season, spice, spice up, add herbs to, add seasoning to, add spices to, add piquancy to, ginger up, enrich, enliven, liven up
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    1. 1.1 Give a distinctive quality to.
      ‘the faint exasperation that had flavoured her tone’
      • ‘Any guy could understand falling for a real girl like Allie, and it was that quality that flavoured the film with enough sincerity to cover the hokeyness.’
      • ‘It is a distinctive accent, an openness of spirit that flavors our dance and music.’


  • flavour of the month

    • A person or thing that enjoys a short period of great popularity.

      ‘American sitcoms are currently flavour of the month’
      • ‘To stand up and be counted is not very cool; going with the tide seems to be the flavour of the month.’
      • ‘And you know, Scottish bands have been flavour of the month before and we were here then, so we'll be here again next time.’
      • ‘It does not depend on how I look or whether I am flavour of the month.’
      • ‘They were flavour of the month, and were flying.’
      • ‘I am very glad that we seem to be flavour of the month at the moment.’
      • ‘There's no doubt, as a holiday destination, Tasmania is currently flavour of the month.’
      • ‘One minute you're flavour of the month, top of the bestseller charts and the subject of every dinner party conversation; the next minute you're branded an irresponsible health risk.’
      • ‘I wasn't flavour of the month with the institutions though.’
      • ‘I don't want to be a flavour of the month - I want to be a legend.’
      • ‘‘Buy-to-let is the real flavour of the month for investors,’ he says.’
      all the rage, the latest thing, the fashion, the trend, in vogue, in demand, in great demand
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Late Middle English (in the sense ‘fragrance, aroma’): from Old French flaor, perhaps based on a blend of Latin flatus ‘blowing’ and foetor ‘stench’; the -v- appears to have been introduced in Middle English by association with savour. flavour (sense 1 of the noun) dates from the late 17th century.