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ˈpæl ɪtpalate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. palate, roof of the mouthnoun

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


  1. palatenoun

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

  2. palatenoun

    The sense of taste.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. PALATEnoun

    Etymology: palatum, Latin.

    Let their beds
    Be made as soft as yours, and let their palates
    Be season’d with such viands. William Shakespeare, Merch. of Ven.

    These ivory feet were carved into the shape of lions; without these their greatest dainties could not relish to their palates. George Hakewill, on Providence.

    Light and colours come in only by the eyes; all kind of sounds only by the ears; the several tastes and smells by the nose and palate. John Locke.

    By nerves about our palate plac’d,
    She likewise judges of the taste:
    Else, dismal thought! our warlike men
    Might drink thick port for fine champagne. Matthew Prior.

    The vulgar boil, the learned roast an egg;
    Hard task to hit the palate of such guests. Alexander Pope.

    It may be the palate of the soul is indisposed by listlessness or sorrow. Taylor.

    The men of nice palates could not relish Aristotle , as drest up by the schoolmen. Thomas Baker, on Learning.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Palatenoun

    the roof of the mouth

  2. Palatenoun

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

  3. Palatenoun

    fig.: Mental relish; intellectual taste

  4. Palatenoun

    a projection in the throat of such flowers as the snapdragon

  5. Palateverb

    to perceive by the taste

  6. Etymology: [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

    A place in the mouth of humans and animals.

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

    Submitted by MaryC on February 21, 2017  


  1. Palate

    = hypopharynx; q.v.

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  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

Examples of palate in a Sentence

  1. Dustin Plunkett:

    It's about life-saving experiences for people. It's about learning to be the best person you can be, when I was a kid, I was moving pretty much home to home, family member to family member, and nobody in my family knew how to support me because of my cleft palate and my intellectual disability.

  2. Joan Salge Blake:

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

  3. Carole Bartolotto:

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

  4. Clifton Fadiman:

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

  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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