• (RP) IPA: /ˈpælɪt/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈpælɪt/, /ˈpælət/
  • (Australia) IPA: /ˈpælət/

palate (plural palates)

  1. (anatomy) The roof of the mouth; the uraniscus.
  2. The sense of taste.
  3. (figuratively) relish; taste; liking (from the mistaken notion that the palate is the organ of taste)
    • 1733-1738, Alexander Pope, Imitations of Horace:
      Hard task! to hit the palate of such guests.
  4. (figuratively) Mental relish; intellectual taste.
  5. (botany) A projection in the throat of such flowers as the snapdragon.
Translations Translations Translations
  • Russian: вкус
  • Russian: вкус

palate (palates, present participle palating; past and past participle palated)

  1. (transitive, nonstandard) To relish; to find palatable.
    Synonyms: stomach
    • c. 1602, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Troylus and Cressida”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act IV, scene i]:
      Not palating the taste of her dishonour
    • Wired
      "If it’s way out there, it’s hard to palate," said Sreenivasan.

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