Definition of flavor in English:


(British flavour)


  • 1The distinctive taste of a food or drink.

    ‘the yogurt comes in eight fruit flavors’
    ‘adding sun-dried tomatoes gives the sauce extra flavor’
    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. 1.1 The general quality of taste in a food.
      ‘no other cracker adds so much flavor to the cheese’
      • ‘Generally, side dishes serve to add flavor to the rice rather than provide nutrients.’
      • ‘Fresh herbs and spices are a great way to add flavor to your foods.’
      • ‘Food may seem to lack flavor or taste too sweet or salty.’
      • ‘Sliced onions and minced garlic can add strong flavor to your dishes.’
      • ‘Grilling is quick, adds flavor to foods (but not calories or fat), and doesn't heat up the house.’
      • ‘Use herbs or spices, rather than salt, to add more flavor to your foods.’
      • ‘Lightly toasting a bun - especially on a grill - adds flavor and some structure to the sandwich.’
      • ‘Cooking with certain spices adds flavor to your food and provides nourishment for your hair.’
      • ‘Enhancement of food flavor and appearance can improve quality of life in patients with irreversible dysfunction.’
      • ‘These condiments not only add flavor to foods, but also provide nutritional advantages to bodybuilders.’
      • ‘Nearly twice as sweet as white sugar, maple syrup adds rich flavor and trace minerals to nearly any recipe.’
      • ‘Rather than using these ingredients to add flavor to your food, try alternatives like herbs, spices or lemon juice.’
      • ‘Rosemary adds delicious flavor to chicken, roasting potatoes or oven-baked potato chips.’
      • ‘Instead of cheese, oil or butter for flavor, use chopped tomatoes, vegetables, herbs and spices.’
      • ‘Replace excess salt with herbs and spices, which add flavor and other health benefits to your food.’
      • ‘Watermelon radish adds crunch and mild flavor to salads and sandwiches.’
      • ‘To further preserve flavor, tightly wrap food in plastic wrap or a resealable plastic freezer bag.’
      • ‘Refresh your stock of soy sauce, garlic, onions, olive oil and fresh herbs to add flavor when cooking.’
      • ‘In addition to being a low-calorie portable snack, oranges can add a burst of flavor to dishes such as stir-fries and roasted meats.’
      • ‘Another way to increase appetite is to add flavor to wholesome foods using spices, sauces and seasonings.’
    2. 1.2US A substance used to alter or enhance the taste of food or drink; a flavoring.
      ‘we use vanilla and almond flavors’
  • 2[in singular] An indication of the essential character of something.

    ‘the extracts give a flavor of the content and tone of the conversation’
    1. 2.1[in singular] A distinctive quality or atmosphere.
      ‘whitewashed walls and red pantiles gave the resort a Mediterranean flavor’
  • 3A kind, variety, or sort.

    ‘various flavors of firewall are evolving’
  • 4Physics
    A quantized property of quarks that differentiates them into at least six varieties (up, down, charmed, strange, top, bottom)

    Compare with color


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

    ‘they use a wide range of spices to flavor their foods’
    ‘chunks of chicken flavored with herbs’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Miso is quite salty, so use it instead of salt to flavor your food.’
    • ‘To reduce your sodium intake, take the salt shaker off the table and flavor foods with herbs, spices, and lemon juice instead.’
    • ‘The dish is flavoured with ginger and is very delicious.’
    • ‘At a time when salt was crucial for preserving as well as flavouring food, it was also extremely hard to come by.’
    • ‘Where, for instance, were the bowls of freshly chopped green chillis with which to flavour the food?’
    • ‘With the discovery that rose water could flavour food, the Arabs began to use it lavishly in their dishes.’
    • ‘Events such as the York Festival Of Food And Drink point out that there is more than one way to flavour food.’
    • ‘The other spices you mention are commonly used to flavor food.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Dye obtained from the flowers is used to colour and flavour foods like rice, soups, cheeses and butter.’
    • ‘From the roof hung the herbs used to flavor the food.’
    • ‘Fresh basil may well be the signature herb of summer, perfuming our gardens and flavoring our foods with its delightful clovelike essence.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The chicken and potatoes were well flavoured with the lemon and garlic.’
    add flavour to, add flavouring to, season, add herbs to, add seasoning to, add spices to, add piquancy to, ginger up, enrich, enliven, liven up
    spike, pep up
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    1. 1.1 Give a distinctive quality to.
      ‘the faint exasperation that had flavored 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.’


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 savor. flavor dates from the late 17th century.