What does palate mean?

Definitions for palateˈpæl ɪt

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. palate, roof of the mouth(noun)

    the upper surface of the mouth that separates the oral and nasal cavities


  1. palate(Noun)

    (Anatomy) The roof of the mouth; the uraniscus.

  2. palate(Noun)

    The sense of taste.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Palate(noun)

    the roof of the mouth

  2. Palate(noun)

    relish; taste; liking; -- a sense originating in the mistaken notion that the palate is the organ of taste

  3. Palate(noun)

    fig.: Mental relish; intellectual taste

  4. Palate(noun)

    a projection in the throat of such flowers as the snapdragon

  5. Palate(verb)

    to perceive by the taste

  6. Origin: [L. palatum: cf. F. palais, Of. also palat.]


  1. Palate

    The palate is the roof of the mouth in humans and other mammals. It separates the oral cavity from the nasal cavity. A similar structure is found in crocodilians, but, in most other tetrapods, the oral and nasal cavities are not truly separate. The palate is divided into two parts, the anterior bony hard palate, and the posterior fleshy soft palate or velum. The maxillary nerve branch of the trigeminal nerve supplies sensory innervation to the palate. The hard palate forms before birth. If the fusion is incomplete, it is called a cleft palate. As the roof of the mouth was once considered the seat of the sense of taste, palate can also refer to this sense itself, as in the phrase "a discriminating palate". By further extension, the flavor of a food may be called its palate, as when a wine is said to have an oaky palate.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Palate

    pal′āt, n. the roof of the mouth, consisting of two portions, the hard palate in front and the soft palate behind: taste: relish: mental liking.—v.t. to taste.—adj. Pal′atable, agreeable to the palate or taste: savoury.—n. Pal′atableness, the quality of being agreeable to the taste.—adv. Pal′atably.—adj. Pal′atal, pertaining to the palate: uttered by aid of the palate—also Pal′atine.—n. a letter pronounced chiefly by aid of the palate, as k, g, e, i.—v.t. Pal′atalise, to make palatal.—adj. Palat′ic.—Cleft palate, a congenital defect of the palate, leaving a longitudinal fissure in the roof of the mouth. [O. Fr. palat—L. palatum.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Palate

    The structure that forms the roof of the mouth. It consists of the anterior hard palate (PALATE, HARD) and the posterior soft palate (PALATE, SOFT).

Editors Contribution

  1. palate

    Is the roof of the mouth in humans and other mammals.

    The palate of the mouth is the roof of the mouth in human beings and some animals.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of palate in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of palate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Carole Bartolotto:

    It actually changes your palate, so you need more and more to feel satisfied.

  2. Clifton Fadiman:

    A man who is careful with his palate is not likely to be careless with his paragraphs.

  3. Mary Day Winn:

    Sex is the tabasco sauce which an adolescent national palate sprinkles on every course in the menu.

  4. Joan Salge Blake:

    There is variety of healthy dietary patterns to follow, whatever tickles your fancy and your palate.

  5. Pindar:

    Very distasteful is excessive fame To the sour palate of the envious mind, Who hears with grief his neighbours good by name, And hates the fortune that he ne?er shall find.

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