Definition of palate in US English:



  • 1The roof of the mouth, separating the cavities of the nose and the mouth in vertebrates.

    • ‘After this, I brush the upper palate of my mouth, brush and scrape my tongue, and use my alcohol-free mouth-wash.’
    • ‘Lesions of the oral mucosa may be seen on the gingiva, buccal mucosa, palate, tongue, and lips.’
    • ‘Also common is torus palatinus, a slow growing, asymptomatic, benign bony lump in the midline of the palate.’
    • ‘In contrast, patients who had very large tonsils and a short palate experienced an 80% success rate with intervention.’
    • ‘A palate is in the roof of the mouth and gives a person the ability to distinguish and appreciate different tastes and flavours.’
    • ‘Forty percent of head and neck cancers occur in the oral cavity, including the tongue, floor of the mouth, palate, lips and oropharynx.’
    • ‘Cleft lips and palates are classified as what is called a multifactorial condition.’
    • ‘Examples of multifactorial disorders include cleft lip and palate, neural tube defects and pyloric stenosis.’
    • ‘Hearing may be affected because the muscles of the palate affect the ear, making the child more likely to develop ‘glue ear’.’
    • ‘At the minimum, one surgery is needed to repair the lip and a separate surgery is needed to repair the palate.’
    • ‘The aroma through the hind palate tingled the nose delightfully.’
    • ‘The palate is defined anatomically as the roof of the mouth.’
    • ‘Some afferent fibres from the epiglottis, palate and pharynx also reach the brainstem via the vagus nerve.’
    • ‘Children with cleft lips or palates are given the chance to have the deformity corrected.’
    • ‘It causes cracks in the corners of the mouth and white patches on the tongue, palate, lips, and insides of the cheeks.’
    • ‘Her palatines supply an additional row of teeth and the pterygoids almost complete the roof of the palate.’
    • ‘This surgery involves drawing tissue from either side of the mouth to rebuild the palate and requires two or three nights in the hospital, the first night in the intensive care unit.’
    • ‘There are also numerous small teeth on the palate (vomers, palatines and pterygoids).’
    • ‘The poison can cause a fast heart or a paralyzed palate with fluids regurgitated through the nose.’
    • ‘Cold material moving across your palate and the back of your throat is what brings on this type of headache.’
    roof of the mouth
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  • 2A person's appreciation of taste and flavor, especially when sophisticated and discriminating.

    ‘a fine range of drink for sophisticated palates’
    figurative ‘the suggestions may not suit everyone's palate’
    • ‘One should surely understand that wines of this calibre are naturally for those who not only have a thick wallet but also possess an educated palate to appreciate them.’
    • ‘Understandably though, visitors, many of them wealthy statesiders with sophisticated palates, want a change and to eat out.’
    • ‘The Spanish palate is different than the Mexican palate; though the two countries share the same tongue they have different tastes.’
    • ‘Parts of this spread cater to more sophisticated palates - those oysters on the half-shell, for instance, with a rice vinegar, cilantro, shallot, and jalapeño sauce.’
    • ‘Today, however, the British palate is more sophisticated, and pubs have risen to the challenge of satisfying it.’
    • ‘As I have started getting their palates used to more sophisticated choices than macaroni-n-cheese, they have started requesting recipes that are not your typical kid fare.’
    • ‘Nutrition for the family is the keyword rather than gourmet for a sophisticated palate.’
    • ‘In the past, children's palates were trained to appreciate different kinds of flavours in different societies through eating together with adults.’
    • ‘Methanol is great because it ups the alcohol content and also adds a subtle flavour detectable only by the distinguished palate.’
    • ‘Foodies who long for something truly different to excite their palates have a treat in store with ‘The Flavours of India’ food festival on at Sonargaon, Taj Bengal on November 4.’
    • ‘As it was a seafood evening, we paid particular attention to that side of the buffet, and there were again more than just a few choices, with many items presented in different ways, to suit all palates.’
    • ‘This north Indian food festival has the essential ingredients to suit different palates.’
    • ‘I think you're going to see that trend continue as people's palates become more sophisticated.’
    • ‘Somebody with immense talent and an excellent palate has put this drink together.’
    • ‘In popular parlance, at least, the image of the internet user shares much with the image of the nerd, suggesting a cerebral, solitary enthusiast with a sophisticated palate.’
    • ‘For adventurous palates, international flavour comes with Norwegian salmon (cooked in the local style if you wish), oysters, octopus and clams.’
    • ‘Not all great books are able to speak to us before we have done the work to ready our intellect and literary palates for them, but many are.’
    • ‘It might be tatty and simply too disorderly for sophisticated European palates.’
    • ‘This is an ideal time to educate their palates to appreciate a wide variety of foods.’
    • ‘We whetted our palates with two flavoured varieties, a bison grass and a sweeter sorb apple.’
    sense of taste, taste, taste buds
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    1. 2.1 Taste or flavor of wine or beer.
      ‘a wine with a zingy, peachy palate’
      • ‘This is a lovely medium sweet wine with a luscious palate of lemon squash and lime with a crisp mineral finish.’
      • ‘Other suitors for venison include English old ales, with their rich, round, malty palates; and American brown ales, weighing in with caramel and chocolate flavors.’
      • ‘The palate is flavourless and once swallowed the wine kicks back with unbearable acidity.’
      • ‘The mid palate is light but the finish is warm and well balanced.’
      • ‘This wine has a palate of intense ripe fruit, grippy tannin and an epic, evolving and surprisingly savoury finish.’
      • ‘Ruby-red in colour, this sloe gin is a real snuggle-up-on-the-sofa drink, delivering a moreish palate with flavours similar to black cherries.’
      • ‘Steely, muscular and intense, this is a brooding wine with a palate of strawberries and a rich finish.’
      • ‘Neat, it delivers a rounded middle palate, but the rubbery flavour is disgusting.’
      • ‘This is a fresh unoaked style with plenty of weight on the palate, zingy acidity and flavours of apples and pears.’
      flavour, taste, savour
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Late Middle English: from Latin palatum.