Definition of flavor in US 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’
    • ‘People enjoyed them because of the scents and distinctive flavors.’
    • ‘Consumers are increasingly choosing premium foods and exotic flavours as their tastes change.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The function of salt is to enhance the flavour of food and not to overpower it.’
    • ‘The senses of smell and taste let you fully enjoy the flavors of foods and drinks, and the smells of flowers.’
    • ‘If you like oaky fruit flavours then this is for you.’
    • ‘Deliciously fresh and vibrant fruit aromas and flavours in every sip.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Their unique flavour was distinguished by the addition of sweet soy sauce over the spicy peanut sauce.’
    • ‘The distinctive earthy flavour of the food is now lost, to be perhaps sourced only in a few remote villages.’
    • ‘It's soft, juicy and easy to drink, with bright plum and raspberry fruit flavours and good colour in the glass.’
    • ‘The point of cooking outdoors over charcoal is to imbue the food with that distinctive flavour.’
    • ‘It's quite fiery stuff with pepper, spices and some tannic activity but best of all, it's over-brimming with summer fruit flavours.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Limes have a stimulating, wake-me-up freshness that sets off the less obvious flavours of more subtle fruits and vegetables.’
    • ‘We both agreed that the flavours were distinctive although we were unable to name many of the herbs we ate.’
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Instead of cheese, oil or butter for flavor, use chopped tomatoes, vegetables, herbs and spices.’
      • ‘Watermelon radish adds crunch and mild flavor to salads and sandwiches.’
      • ‘Use herbs or spices, rather than salt, to add more flavor to your foods.’
      • ‘Enhancement of food flavor and appearance can improve quality of life in patients with irreversible dysfunction.’
      • ‘Nearly twice as sweet as white sugar, maple syrup adds rich flavor and trace minerals to nearly any recipe.’
      • ‘Cooking with certain spices adds flavor to your food and provides nourishment for your hair.’
      • ‘Refresh your stock of soy sauce, garlic, onions, olive oil and fresh herbs to add flavor when cooking.’
      • ‘Lightly toasting a bun - especially on a grill - adds flavor and some structure to the sandwich.’
      • ‘Replace excess salt with herbs and spices, which add flavor and other health benefits to your food.’
      • ‘Rosemary adds delicious flavor to chicken, roasting potatoes or oven-baked potato chips.’
      • ‘Sliced onions and minced garlic can add strong flavor to your dishes.’
      • ‘Generally, side dishes serve to add flavor to the rice rather than provide nutrients.’
      • ‘To further preserve flavor, tightly wrap food in plastic wrap or a resealable plastic freezer bag.’
      • ‘Rather than using these ingredients to add flavor to your food, try alternatives like herbs, spices or lemon juice.’
      • ‘These condiments not only add flavor to foods, but also provide nutritional advantages to bodybuilders.’
      • ‘Another way to increase appetite is to add flavor to wholesome foods using spices, sauces and seasonings.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Grilling is quick, adds flavor to foods (but not calories or fat), and doesn't heat up the house.’
    2. 1.2US A substance used to alter or enhance the taste of food or drink; a flavoring.
      ‘we use vanilla and almond flavors’
  • 2in singular An indication of the essential character of something.

    ‘the extracts give a flavor of the content and tone of the conversation’
    1. 2.1in 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


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

    ‘chunks of chicken flavored with herbs’
    ‘they use a wide range of spices to flavor their foods’
    • ‘The other spices you mention are commonly used to flavor food.’
    • ‘Wine vinegar is often flavoured with herbs such as tarragon and basil, or with chillies.’
    • ‘At a time when salt was crucial for preserving as well as flavouring food, it was also extremely hard to come by.’
    • ‘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 rice was flavoured with tomato and spices and the salad was of crisp iceberg lettuce lightly drizzled with a mustard dressing.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘From the roof hung the herbs used to flavor the food.’
    • ‘Another culinary idea is to flavour vinegar with herbs.’
    • ‘Where, for instance, were the bowls of freshly chopped green chillis with which to flavour the food?’
    • ‘Miso is quite salty, so use it instead of salt to flavor your food.’
    • ‘Fresh basil may well be the signature herb of summer, perfuming our gardens and flavoring our foods with its delightful clovelike essence.’
    • ‘To reduce your sodium intake, take the salt shaker off the table and flavor foods with herbs, spices, and lemon juice instead.’
    • ‘The chicken and potatoes were well flavoured with the lemon and garlic.’
    • ‘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 dish is flavoured with ginger and is very delicious.’
    • ‘Because of the widespread use of this Worcester sauce to flavour other foods, we may find further affected products.’
    • ‘Dye obtained from the flowers is used to colour and flavour foods like rice, soups, cheeses and butter.’
    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 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.’


  • flavor of the month

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

      ‘social networking is no longer the flavor of the month among investors’
      • ‘They were flavour of the month, and were flying.’
      • ‘To stand up and be counted is not very cool; going with the tide seems to be the flavour of the month.’
      • ‘I wasn't flavour of the month with the institutions though.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 am very glad that we seem to be flavour of the month at the moment.’
      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 savor. flavor (sense 1 of the noun) dates from the late 17th century.