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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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Palatenoun

    the roof of the mouth

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

  2. Palatenoun

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

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

  3. Palatenoun

    fig.: Mental relish; intellectual taste

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

  4. Palatenoun

    a projection in the throat of such flowers as the snapdragon

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

  5. Palateverb

    to perceive by the taste

    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. Raj Dasgupta:

    What are going to be things that could block or clog or upper airways ? It's going to be the tonsils, the uvula, the soft palate and the tongue.

  2. Georg Riedel:

    We’re in charge of delivering the aromas and then the flavors to the palate, the perception is triggered through the fact that the glasses deliver liquid to different parts of your palate.

  3. Marlon Figuero:

    You develop a palate of what you like, and you are much more aware of what you are drinking, you appreciate the time it takes to make the wine, and how much work went into it…. When I get together with my friends, we bring our favorite discoveries. It’s fun to share wine and create memories.

  4. Paul Steck:

    We’re always looking for new products, and our autumn seasonal salad is going to have roasted Brussels sprouts on it, five years ago, if someone told me a cutting-edge salad place would be serving Brussels sprouts, I wouldn’t have believed them. We’ve seen a real diversification of the American palate lately—they serve sushi in some high-school cafeterias now.

  5. Clifton Fadiman:

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

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