Definition of taster in US English:



  • 1A person employed to test food or drink for quality by tasting it.

    ‘experienced tasters can tell which plantation coffee beans are from’
    • ‘An anecdote about food tasters begins: ‘One bright summer day, I had lunch with two women who run a company in New Jersey called Sensory Spectrum.’’
    • ‘A panel of trained professional tasters also found electroheated milk to be sweeter, with less bitter, oxidized and stale flavors than UHT processed milk.’
    • ‘Professional tasters spend most of their time tasting alcoholic drinks, so it's pleasant to foray into the non-alcoholic sector.’
    • ‘The professional chocolate tasters have a great time as, unlike their wine-tasting counterparts, they don't have to spit it out.’
    • ‘The company also says its cheese was picked as the consumers' favourite in blind tests it conducted involving 300 tasters.’
    • ‘I'd probably be a food critic or a food taster because I like pies!’
    • ‘A French gastro-psycho-thriller about the psychologically twisted relationship between a young waiter and a pompous, manipulative businessman who hires him as a food taster.’
    • ‘A professional tea taster, he was Typhoo's chief blender before joining Mumbo.’
    • ‘But more than 35 papillae indicates that you are a supertaster - as are many professional tasters and chefs.’
    • ‘The traditional Slovakian dish of goulash went down very well with the food tasters.’
    • ‘This was the quality-control taster, said our guide.’
    • ‘But I have been asked to write something here because there are people reading this who don't know anything about food tasters.’
    • ‘My best advice, Olga, is to be guided by the Evening Press's ‘professional’ food tasters; you can't go far wrong with them.’
    • ‘He started at Taylors as a trainee taster and quality sales assistant, dealing in tea and coffee.’
    • ‘They studied 38 traits using a variety of physical and biochemical assays, plus a panel of trained tasters.’
    • ‘The only correct way to hold the glass is by the stem though some professional tasters and aficionados like to hold it by the base.’
    • ‘When presented with pairs of food, our trained tasters were able to detect the irradiated beef or chicken 66 of 72 times because it had a very slight ‘off’ taste.’
    • ‘Sir Titus Salt kept a watchful eye over a panel of beer tasters judging a competition to recreate a brew in his honour yesterday.’
    • ‘I wanted the filling to be the real thing so I tested the recipe with many of my trusted tasters in the pub before I settled on the final mix.’
    • ‘So for ages, the domain of beer analysis has been left to the subjectivity of professional tasters.’
    exhibition, presentation, display, illustration, exposition, teach-in
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    1. 1.1 A small cup used by a person tasting wine.
      • ‘In fact, it was a rare Charles II (1660-1680) silver wine taster.’
    2. 1.2 An instrument for extracting a small sample from within a cheese.
      • ‘This magician will tirelessly sample the cheese in the making, estimate the flexibility of the paste, evaluate the intensity of the Penicillium roqueforti with a cheese taster.’
  • 2British A small quantity or brief experience of something, intended as a sample; a taste.

    ‘the song is a taster for the band's new LP’
    • ‘The first day's walking from Knighton to Felindre provides a good taster of what to expect.’
    • ‘James gives you a taster of the inevitable ‘journal’ publication.’
    • ‘In another highlight, the revue will serve up a taster of Shipton's next musical at the Rowntree Theatre, Pippin.’
    • ‘It requires the youngsters to be away from home for a fortnight and furthers their academic education or gives them a chance to get a taster of subjects like archaeology not taught in school.’
    • ‘This exhibition is a taster for a show that simply must happen.’
    • ‘For a taster of the night, log on to the Test the Nation website and take the sample test -’
    • ‘I hadn't had time to ponder on what my taster of a Bird Experience Day at Leighton Hall's falconry would involve.’
    • ‘People can always come in for a taster session and see how it goes without any commitment.’
    • ‘We are on the telly again tomorrow night when we face Nottingham Forest and that might be a taster for a match that will be played at the end of the season.’
    • ‘The youngsters are taking part in a project called Music Xpress and today's session is a taster for next week's four-day residential course at the Wiltshire Music Centre.’
    • ‘The examples pictured above are just a taster of the product which offers our famous vulture logo on no less than five different shirts.’
    • ‘They are short, easy learning tasters that give people the chance to try new skills or hobbies.’
    • ‘Here, in one gallery space, is a taster from the vast Scottish National Photography Collection, a richly varied archive that runs to more than 27,000 photographs.’
    • ‘The Golden Triangle packs some of the country's most enduring icons and rich experiences into a small space and time, making it an ideal taster of what India has to offer.’
    • ‘This is quite a nice idea, as you don't just get a leaflet for the show, but several pages of information that gives you a taster of what it's all about.’
    • ‘Afterwards the students divided into groups of ten and an instructor took each group for a taster of the snow.’
    • ‘A new centre for disabled adults will be giving a taster of the activities it offers next month.’
    • ‘The Swindon singing surgeon is to treat shoppers this Easter with a musical taster from his CD.’
    • ‘She runs the regular Making Choices course offering people a taster of what a career in child care might offer.’
    • ‘On Sunday he gave a taster of the walk, which will be officially launched at the Keighley Festival from June 18 to 26.’
    sample, example, bit, snippet, illustration, demonstration, exemplification, instance, selection, representative piece
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Late Middle English: in early use from Anglo-Norman French tastour, from Old French taster ‘to taste’; later from taste + -er.