What does taste mean?

Definitions for taste

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. taste, taste sensation, gustatory sensation, taste perception, gustatory perceptionnoun

    the sensation that results when taste buds in the tongue and throat convey information about the chemical composition of a soluble stimulus

    "the candy left him with a bad taste"; "the melon had a delicious taste"

  2. preference, penchant, predilection, tastenoun

    a strong liking

    "my own preference is for good literature"; "the Irish have a penchant for blarney"

  3. taste, appreciation, discernment, perceptivenessnoun

    delicate discrimination (especially of aesthetic values)

    "arrogance and lack of taste contributed to his rapid success"; "to ask at that particular time was the ultimate in bad taste"

  4. tastenoun

    a brief experience of something

    "he got a taste of life on the wild side"; "she enjoyed her brief taste of independence"

  5. taste, mouthfulnoun

    a small amount eaten or drunk

    "take a taste--you'll like it"

  6. taste, gustation, sense of taste, gustatory modalitynoun

    the faculty of distinguishing sweet, sour, bitter, and salty properties in the mouth

    "his cold deprived him of his sense of taste"

  7. taste, tastingverb

    a kind of sensing; distinguishing substances by means of the taste buds

    "a wine tasting"

  8. taste, savor, savourverb

    have flavor; taste of something

  9. tasteverb

    perceive by the sense of taste

    "Can you taste the garlic?"

  10. sample, try, try out, tasteverb

    take a sample of

    "Try these new crackers"; "Sample the regional dishes"

  11. smack, tasteverb

    have a distinctive or characteristic taste

    "This tastes of nutmeg"

  12. tasteverb

    distinguish flavors

    "We tasted wines last night"

  13. tasteverb

    experience briefly

    "The ex-slave tasted freedom shortly before she died"


  1. tastenoun

    One of the sensations produced by the tongue in response to certain chemicals.

  2. tastenoun

    A person's implicit set of preferences, especially esthetic, though also culinary, sartorial, etc.

    Dr. Parker has good taste in wine.

  3. tastenoun

    A small amount of experience with something that gives a sense of its quality as a whole.

  4. tasteverb

    To sample the flavor of something orally.

  5. tasteverb

    To have a taste.

    The chicken tasted great.

  6. tasteverb

    To experience.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tasteverb

    to try by the touch; to handle; as, to taste a bow

  2. Tasteverb

    to try by the touch of the tongue; to perceive the relish or flavor of (anything) by taking a small quantity into a mouth. Also used figuratively

  3. Tasteverb

    to try by eating a little; to eat a small quantity of

  4. Tasteverb

    to become acquainted with by actual trial; to essay; to experience; to undergo

  5. Tasteverb

    to partake of; to participate in; -- usually with an implied sense of relish or pleasure

  6. Tasteverb

    to try food with the mouth; to eat or drink a little only; to try the flavor of anything; as, to taste of each kind of wine

  7. Tasteverb

    to have a smack; to excite a particular sensation, by which the specific quality or flavor is distinguished; to have a particular quality or character; as, this water tastes brackish; the milk tastes of garlic

  8. Tasteverb

    to take sparingly

  9. Tasteverb

    to have perception, experience, or enjoyment; to partake; as, to taste of nature's bounty

  10. Tastenoun

    the act of tasting; gustation

  11. Tastenoun

    a particular sensation excited by the application of a substance to the tongue; the quality or savor of any substance as perceived by means of the tongue; flavor; as, the taste of an orange or an apple; a bitter taste; an acid taste; a sweet taste

  12. Tastenoun

    the one of the five senses by which certain properties of bodies (called their taste, savor, flavor) are ascertained by contact with the organs of taste

  13. Tastenoun

    intellectual relish; liking; fondness; -- formerly with of, now with for; as, he had no taste for study

  14. Tastenoun

    the power of perceiving and relishing excellence in human performances; the faculty of discerning beauty, order, congruity, proportion, symmetry, or whatever constitutes excellence, particularly in the fine arts and belles-letters; critical judgment; discernment

  15. Tastenoun

    manner, with respect to what is pleasing, refined, or in accordance with good usage; style; as, music composed in good taste; an epitaph in bad taste

  16. Tastenoun

    essay; trial; experience; experiment

  17. Tastenoun

    a small portion given as a specimen; a little piece tastted of eaten; a bit

  18. Tastenoun

    a kind of narrow and thin silk ribbon


  1. Taste

    Taste, gustatory perception, or gustation is one of the five traditional senses. Taste is the sensation produced when a substance in the mouth reacts chemically with receptors of taste buds. Taste, along with smell and trigeminal nerve stimulation, determines flavors, the sensory impressions of food or other substances. Humans perceive taste through sensory organs called taste buds, or gustatory calyculi, concentrated on the top of the tongue. The tongue is covered with thousands of small bumps called papillae, which are easily visible to the naked eye. Within each papilla are hundreds of taste buds, the organ of taste transduction. There are between 2000 and 5000 taste buds that are located on the back and front of the tongue. Others are located on the roof, sides and back of the mouth, and in the throat. Each taste bud contains 50 to 100 taste receptor cells. Taste perception fades with age: On average, people lose half their taste receptors by time they turn 20. The sensation of taste can be categorized into five basic tastes: sweetness, sourness, saltiness, bitterness, and umami. Taste buds are able to differentiate among different tastes through detecting interaction with different molecules or ions. Sweet, umami, and bitter tastes are triggered by the binding of molecules to G protein-coupled receptors on the cell membranes of taste buds. Saltiness and sourness are perceived when alkali metal or hydrogen ions enter taste buds, respectively. As taste senses both harmful and beneficial things, all basic tastes are classified as either aversive or appetitive, depending upon the effect the things they sense have on our bodies. Sweetness helps to identify energy-rich foods, while bitterness serves as a warning sign of poisons.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Taste

    tāst, v.t. to try or perceive by the touch of the tongue or palate: to try by eating a little: to eat a little of: to partake of: to relish, enjoy: to experience: (Shak.) to enjoy carnally.—v.i. to try or perceive by the mouth: to have a flavour of.—n. the act or sense of tasting: the particular sensation caused by a substance on the tongue: the sense by which we perceive the flavour of a thing: the quality or flavour of anything: a small portion: intellectual relish or discernment: the faculty by which the mind perceives the beautiful: nice perception: choice, predilection.—adjs. Tāst′able, that may be tasted; Taste′ful, full of taste: having a high relish: showing good taste.—adv. Taste′fully.—n. Taste′fulness.—adj. Taste′less, without taste: insipid.—adv. Taste′lessly.—ns. Taste′lessness; Tāst′er, one skilful in distinguishing flavours by the taste: one whose duty it is to test the quality of food by tasting it before serving it to his master.—adv. Tāst′ily, with good taste, neatly.—n. Tāst′ing, the act or sense of tasting.—adj. Tāst′y, having a good taste: possessing nice perception of excellence: in conformity with good taste.—To one's taste, to one's liking, agreeable. [O. Fr. taster (Fr. tâter), as if from Low L. taxitāre—L. taxāre, to touch repeatedly, to estimate—tangĕre, to touch.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. taste

    1. The quality in a program that tends to be inversely proportional to the number of features, hacks, and kluges programmed into it. Also tasty, tasteful, tastefulness. “This feature comes in N tasty flavors.” Although tasty and flavorful are essentially synonyms, taste and flavor are not. Taste refers to sound judgment on the part of the creator; a program or feature can exhibit taste but cannot have taste. On the other hand, a feature can have flavor. Also, flavor has the additional meaning of ‘kind’ or ‘variety’ not shared by taste. The marked sense of flavor is more popular than taste, though both are widely used. See also elegant. 2. Alt. sp. of tayste.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Taste

    The ability to detect chemicals through gustatory receptors in the mouth, including those on the TONGUE; the PALATE; the PHARYNX; and the EPIGLOTTIS.

Editors Contribution

  1. taste

    To sense food or drink.

    We love to taste our food.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 17, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'taste' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2974

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'taste' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2966

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'taste' in Nouns Frequency: #1063

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'taste' in Verbs Frequency: #856

Anagrams for taste »

  1. teats

  2. state, State

  3. testa

  4. State

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of taste in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of taste in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of taste in a Sentence

  1. Anuj Somany:

    Most people are such a big show-off that it will simply blow-off a sensible person's mind seeing them waiting for several minutes outside a big or fancy restaurant for having ordinary food at an exorbitant price to waste own time and money rather than relishing the good taste of food which could be available on street food cart or in a small food joint.

  2. Juyun Lim:

    Most cultures have a diet that comes from at least 60 percent carbohydrates, it’s kind of amazing to think that we wouldn’t be able to taste complex carbohydrates.

  3. Fiorenzo Omenetto:

    A silk cup can be thrown away without harmful effects to the environment -- unlike a polystyrene cup, it's edible, so you can do smart packaging around food and can cook it with the food. It doesn't taste good, so I'm going to need some help with that.

  4. Gilda Radner:

    I base my fashion taste on what doesn't itch.

  5. Michelle Obama:

    The talented people who cook the food at your school will be offering you all kinds of healthy, delicious new choices. Foods that are good for you and taste good, too.

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