Definition of flavour noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    (especially US English flavor) noun
    BrE BrE//ˈfleɪvə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfleɪvər//
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  1. 1  [uncountable] how food or drink tastes synonym taste The tomatoes give extra flavour to the sauce. It is stronger in flavour than other Dutch cheeses.
  2. 2  [countable] a particular type of taste This yogurt comes in ten different flavours. a wine with a delicate fruit flavour
  3. 3(North American English) = flavouring
  4. 4  [singular] a particular quality or atmosphere synonym ambience the distinctive flavour of South Florida The film retains much of the book's exotic flavour. Foreign visitors help to give a truly international flavour to the occasion.
  5. 5[singular] a/the flavour of something an idea of what something is like I have tried to convey something of the flavour of the argument. The following extract gives a flavour of the poet’s later works.
  6. 6 (computing) a particular type of something, especially computer software
  7. Word Originlate 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 savour. Senses (1 to 3) date from the late 17th cent.Extra examples Coffee takes on a flavour all of its own when enjoyed with freshly cooked pastry. Cooking the vegetable destroys its wonderful delicate flavour. Cream may be added to the sauce for extra flavour. Delicate herbs keep their flavour better when frozen. Enjoy the flavour of fresh fish. It has a very mild flavour. Salt is a common flavour enhancer. She rotated around the departments to get a flavour of all aspects of the business. The children experienced the flavour of medieval life. The college has a truly international flavour. The film captures the flavour of rural life in this area. The intervention of the authorities gave union struggles a decidedly political flavour. The lemon juice brings out the natural fruit flavours. The music festival has taken on a distinctly German flavour. a TV show with a Mexican flavour a dish with a strong spicy flavour a herb that adds a characteristic flavour to a range of dishes vegetables that are fresh and full of flavour It is a wine with a delicate fruit flavour. The film retains much of the book’s exotic flavour. The tomatoes give extra taste/​flavour to the sauce. We have four different flavours of ice cream.Idioms (especially British English) a person or thing that is very popular at a particular time Environmental issues are no longer the flavour of the month. I’m not exactly flavour of the month around here at the moment.

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