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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun taste:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb taste:


Definition of Taste

What does Taste mean?


  1. the sensation that results when taste buds in the tongue and throat convey information about the chemical composition of a soluble stimulus
  2. a strong liking
    • synonyms of taste: penchant / predilection / preference
    • more generic word: liking = a feeling of pleasure and enjoyment
    • more specific terms:
      • acquired taste = a preference that is only acquired after considerable experience
      • weakness = a penchant for something even though it might not be good for you
  3. delicate discrimination (especially of aesthetic values)
  4. a brief experience of something
    • examples: he got a taste of life on the wild side | she enjoyed her brief taste of independence
    • more generic word: experience = an event as apprehended
  5. a small amount eaten or drunk
  6. the faculty of distinguishing sweet, sour, bitter, and salty properties in the mouth
  7. a kind of sensing; distinguishing substances by means of the taste buds


Taste is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

  1. have flavor; taste of something
    • example: The food does taste good
    • synonyms of taste: savor / savour
    • more specific word: smack = have a distinctive or characteristic taste
  2. perceive by the sense of taste
    • example: Can you taste the garlic?
    • more generic words: comprehend / perceive = to become aware of through the senses
    • more specific words: savour / savor = taste appreciatively
  3. take a sample of
  4. have a distinctive or characteristic taste
    • example: This tastes of nutmeg
    • synonym of taste: smack
    • more generic words: savor / savour = have flavor
  5. distinguish flavors
    • more generic word: identify = consider to be equal or the same
  6. experience briefly
    • more generic words: experience / know / live = have firsthand knowledge of states, situations, emotions, or sensations

Alternative definition


  1. One of the sensations produced by the tongue in response to certain chemicals.
  2. [countable, and, uncountable]: A person’s implicit set of preferences, especially esthetic, though also culinary, sartorial, etc.
  3. [uncountable, figuratively]: A small amount of experience with something that gives a sense of its quality as a whole.

Phrases with Taste

Phrases starting with the word Taste:

  1. taste bud
  2. taste cell
  3. taste-maker
  4. taste tester
  5. taste-tester
  6. taste property
  7. taste sensation
  8. taste perception
  9. Taste Like Chicken
  10. Taste of One's Own Medicine

Phrases ending with the word Taste:

  1. to taste
  2. change taste
  3. in good taste
  4. acquired taste
  5. sense of taste
  6. There's No Accounting For Taste

Other phrases containing the word Taste:

  1. Bad Taste in One's Mouth
  2. Champagne Taste on a Beer Budget


Taste a.k.a. Rory Gallagher: William Rory Gallagher,  /ˈrɔriː ˈɡæləhər/ GAL-ə-hər; 2 March 1948  – 14 June 1995, was an Irish blues-rock multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and bandleader. Born in Ballyshannon, County Donegal, and raised in Cork, Gallagher recorded solo albums throughout the 1970s and 1980s, after forming the band Taste during the late 1960s. A talented guitarist known for his charismatic performances and dedication to his craft, Gallagher's albums have sold in excess of 30 million copies worldwide. Gallagher received a liver transplant in 1995, but died of complications later that year in London, England at the age of 47.


Taste was an Irish rock and blues band formed in 1966 that gained fame in large part because of their unique style, and the talent and charisma of the band's founder, songwriter and musician Rory Gallagher. The band, a power trio, also moved on to make history as one of the first three acts to perform on the televised studio program, Rockpalast, in Germany.

There are other groups with Taste in their name, like One Taste, Private Taste, Expensive Taste, A Taste Of Honey.


Taste is a chain supermarket in Hong Kong owned by AS Watson, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hutchison Whampoa Limited. It began the first branch in Festival Walk, Kowloon Tong in 2004, but most of the branches are opened based on the re-decoration of Park'n Shop, Taste's sister company. Its main customers are middle-class families. Its retail products are similar to those in Park'n Shop and Great.


"Taste" is a short story by Roald Dahl that was first published in the March 1945 issue of Ladies Home Journal. It later appeared in the 1953 collection Someone Like You.


  1. "Taste" is the first studio album by The Telescopes, released in 1989 on What Goes On. After What Goes On folded, the album was re-released in 1990 by Cheree, and later released in 2006 by Rev-Ola to include live versions of "There Is No Floor", “ Sadness Pale”, “Threadbare” and “Suicide”.
    • released in (25 years ago)
  2. "Taste": Taste was the debut album by the Irish rock band of the same name, released in 1969.
    • genre: Blues-rock
    • released on (45 years ago)


Taste a.k.a. Taste Restaurant is a Venue, Building in Orlando.


  1. Taste as an aesthetic, sociological, economic and anthropological concept refers to a cultural patterns of choice and preference. While taste is often understood as a biological concept, it can also be reasonably studied as a social or cultural phenomenon. Taste is about drawing distinctions between things such as styles, manners, consumer goods and works of art. Social inquiry of taste is about the human ability to judge what is beautiful, good and proper.
  2. Taste is a cookery television program which first aired in the UK on Sky One in 2005. The show had 65 60-minute long episodes since October 2005 and is presented by Beverley Turner.

Printed encyclopedias and other books with definitions for Taste

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Google previewEdge-tools of speech (1899)

by Maturin Murray Ballou

Taste is the power of relishing or rejecting whatever is offered for the entertainment of the imagination. — Goldsmith.

Google previewThe Eclectic Medical Journal (1858)

An tn- sipid taste is noticed in catarrh, in inflammation of the respiratory and gastric mucous membrane in worms, intermittent fever, and in consumption. A ( titer taste is a symptom of irritation or inflammation of the duodenum, and of most  ;...

Google previewFoods & Nutrition Encyclopedia, Two Volume Set (1993)

by Marion Eugene Ensminger, Audrey H. Ensminger

Name Flavor Characteristics Flavor Use Aconitic acid Winey-sour taste. Fruit flavors, rum, brandy. Ally! anthranilate Distinct Concord grape odor with long- lasting grape taste. Grape, pineapple, citrus. Ally! butyrate Fruity apple, pineapple odor ...

Google previewThe Ayurveda Encyclopedia (2007)

Natural Secrets to Healing, Prevention, and Longevity by Swami Sadashiva Tirtha

needs to taste good or else it wont digest. If our minds ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Obesity (2008)

by Kathleen Keller

The GusTATorY sYsTem utilizes taste receptors in the oral cavity to differentiate various stimuli through several neurological pathways. The gustatory system is also intricately linked to many of the physiological responses that control gastric ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the Enlightenment (2013)

by Michel Delon

Taste. Tears Technical Instruction Technology Terror. Marmontel, and Voltaire, Berkeley: University of California Press, 1947 Conant, Martha Pike, The Oriental Tale in England in the Eighteenth Century, New York: Columbia University Press,  ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia of Indian Medicine: Diseases and their cures (1985)

by Saligrama Krishna Ramachandra Rao

Salivation, bad taste in the mouth, vomiting, vertigo, and a sense of constriction in the abdomen, ( AHr) . Symptomatology: General: 1 . The food that is partaken gets converted into ama (or will be indigested or improperly digested) for many ...

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Quotes about Taste

Different taste in jokes is a great strain on the affections. (George Eliot)
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Scrabble value of T1A1S1T1E1

The value of this 5-letter word is 5 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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