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



    BrE BrE//ˈpælət//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpælət//
    Mouth and teeth
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  1. 1 the top part of the inside of the mouth the hard/soft palate (= the hard/soft part at the front/back of the palate) see also cleft palate See related entries: Mouth and teeth
  2. 2[usually singular] the ability to recognize and/or enjoy good food and drink a menu to tempt even the most jaded palate
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin palatum.Extra examples Have an apple to cleanse your palate. Here is a dish that will revive jaded palates. She has a discerning palate. Their baby had an operation to repair a cleft palate. This kind of food appeals to more sophisticated palates. Children do not usually have the sophisticated palate necessary to enjoy such delicate flavours. The restaurant offers a menu to tempt even the most jaded palate.
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