- IPA: /teɪst/
- One of the sensations produced by the tongue in response to certain chemicals; the quality of giving this sensation.
- He had a strange taste in his mouth.
- Venison has a strong taste.
- The sense that consists in the perception and interpretation of this sensation.
- His taste was impaired by an illness.
- A small sample of food, drink, or recreational drugs.
- (countable and uncountable) A person's implicit set of preferences, especially esthetic, though also culinary, sartorial, etc.
- Dr. Parker has good taste in wine.
- 1907, Robert William Chambers, chapter VIII, in The Younger Set, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 24962326 ↗:
- "My tastes," he said, still smiling, "incline me to the garishly sunlit side of this planet." And, to tease her and arouse her to combat: "I prefer a farandole to a nocturne; I'd rather have a painting than an etching; Mr. Whistler bores me with his monochromatic mud; I don't like dull colours, dull sounds, dull intellects; […]."
- Personal preference; liking; predilection.
- I have developed a taste for fine wine.
- (uncountable, figuratively) A small amount of experience with something that gives a sense of its quality as a whole.
- A kind of narrow and thin silk ribbon.
- (sensation produced by the tongue) smack, smatch; See also Thesaurus:gustation
- (set of preferences) discernment, culture, refinement, style
- (personal preference) See also Thesaurus:predilection
- (small amount of experience) impression, sample, trial
- French: goût, saveur
- German: Geschmack, Schmecken
- Italian: gusto
- Portuguese: gosto
- Russian: вкус
- Spanish: gusto
- French: goût
- German: Geschmack
- Italian: gusto, inclinazione
- Portuguese: gosto, paladar
- Russian: вкус
- Spanish: gusto, gustos
taste (tastes, present participle tasting; past and past participle tasted)
- (transitive) To sample the flavor of something orally.
Bible, John 2:9
- when the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine
- (intransitive) To have a taste; to excite a particular sensation by which flavour is distinguished.
- The chicken tasted great, but the milk tasted like garlic.
- To experience.
- I tasted in her arms the delights of paradise.
- They had not yet tasted the sweetness of freedom.
Bible, Hebrews 2:9
- He […] should taste death for every man.
- 1667, John Milton, “Book 7”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗:
- Thou […] wilt taste / No pleasure, though in pleasure, solitarie.
- To take sparingly.
- Age but tastes of pleasures, youth devours.
- To try by eating a little; to eat a small quantity of.
Bible, 1 Samuel 14:29
- I tasted a little of this honey.
- (obsolete) To try by the touch; to handle.
- to taste a bow
- (sample the flavor of something) smack, smake; See also Thesaurus:taste
- (have a taste) hint, smack; See also Thesaurus:have taste
- French: goûter
- German: kosten, probieren
- Italian: gustare, assaggiare, assaporare, godere
- Portuguese: sentir o gosto (de), provar, experimentar
- Russian: про́бовать
- Spanish: gustar, probar, catar
- French: avoir un goût, goûter (Belgium, Canada)
- German: schmecken
- Italian: assaggiare
- Portuguese: ter gosto de, saber
- Russian: име́ть вку́с
- Spanish: saber