Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The taste or smell of something.
  • n. A specific taste or smell. See Synonyms at taste.
  • n. A distinctive quality or sensation: enjoying the savor of victory.
  • intransitive v. To have a particular taste or smell: a dish that savors of curry.
  • intransitive v. To exhibit a specified quality or characteristic; smack: postures that savored of vanity.
  • transitive v. To impart flavor or scent to; season: savored the bland soup with salt.
  • transitive v. To taste or smell, especially with pleasure: savored each morsel of the feast.
  • transitive v. To appreciate fully; enjoy or relish: I want to savor this great moment of accomplishment.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. the specific taste or smell of something
  • n. a distinctive sensation
  • v. to possess a particular taste or smell, or a distinctive quality
  • v. to appreciate, enjoy or relish something

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. That property of a thing which affects the organs of taste or smell; taste and odor; flavor; relish; scent.
  • n. Hence, specific flavor or quality; characteristic property; distinctive temper, tinge, taint, and the like.
  • n. Sense of smell; power to scent, or trace by scent.
  • n. Pleasure; delight; attractiveness.
  • intransitive v. To have a particular smell or taste; -- with of.
  • intransitive v. To partake of the quality or nature; to indicate the presence or influence; to smack; -- with of.
  • intransitive v. To use the sense of taste.
  • transitive v. To perceive by the smell or the taste; hence, to perceive; to note.
  • transitive v. To have the flavor or quality of; to indicate the presence of.
  • transitive v. To taste or smell with pleasure; to delight in; to relish; to like; to favor.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To taste or smell; have a taste, flavor, or odor (of some particular kind or quality).
  • To have a bad odor; stink.
  • To have or exhibit a peculiar quality or characteristic; partake of the nature; smack: followed by of: as, his answers savor of insolence.
  • To perceive by taste or smell; smell; hence, to discern; note; perceive.
  • To exhibit the characteristics of; partake of the nature of; indicate the presence of; have the flavor or quality of.
  • To care for; relish; take pleasure in; enjoy; like.
  • To please; give pleasure or satisfaction to; suit.
  • To give savor or flavor to; season.
  • n. Taste; flavor; relish; power or quality that affects the palate: as, food with a pleasant savor.
  • n. Odor; smell.
  • n. An odorous substance; a perfume.
  • n. Characteristic property; distinctive flavor or quality.
  • n. Name; repute; reputation; character.
  • n. Sense of smell; power to scent or perceive.
  • n. Pleasure; delight.
  • n. Synonyms Flavor, Smack, etc. See taste.
  • n. Scent, Fragrance, etc. See smell.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. give taste to
  • v. taste appreciatively
  • n. the taste experience when a savoury condiment is taken into the mouth
  • v. derive or receive pleasure from; get enjoyment from; take pleasure in
  • v. have flavor; taste of something

Etymologies

Middle English savour, from Old French, from Latin sapor, from sapere, to taste; see sep- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French savour, from Latin sapor ("taste, flavor"), from sapiō ("taste of, have a flavor of"). (Wiktionary)
From Old French savourer, from Late Latin sapōrāre, present active infinitive of sapōrō, from sapor ("taste, flavor"), from sapiō ("taste of, have a flavor of"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Though the film never amounts to much, there are a number of wry, memorable moments to savor from the movie.

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  • Bad savor is endurable in oil, but not in what professes to be, and is compounded by the perfumer ( "apothecary") for, fragrance.

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  • The English word was influenced by the unrelated word savor, the French word shows the addition of the diminutive suffix, - ette, the Italian word was confused with santo, ` sacred, 'and the Spanish word, coming from Latin influenced by Arabic, preserves the Arabic definite article, a (l) -.

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  • "The slowness of communication" is a phrase to savor.

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  • Still, night after beer-soaked night, musicians and fans packed inside to savor a kaleidoscope of sound.

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  • But the combination of those tough economic decisions that led to fiscal discipline, that led to tighter control on the budget, plus all the other things that began working well for our economy -- the monetary policy is clearly one of them -- have combined to give the American people a moment to savor, which is a federal budget surplus, which is something we haven't been talking about for well over a generation.

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  • It could never be the same, and you kind of savor it and realize how lucky you were.

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  • Locals come to lounge around the many low-lit tables that fill the sprawling outdoor space at Sevva (a play on the word "savor"), perched atop the penthouse of the Princes Building and decked out with work from London's Fine Art Gallery.

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  • So he retorts, "I was letting you savor your news program," getting a laugh out of his use of the word "savor" and her repetition of it.

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  • I tell my class when I feel that every word should be read and I often read it aloud or they do so that they can "savor" it or when it is so complicated that skipping words or passages will compromise the meaning.

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  • When we read, “Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good” (Psalm 34:8), we can be sure that God wants us to “savor” His presence. He allows us to gain intimate and satisfying knowledge of Him. And when we meditate on His Word. ODB April 5, 2011.

    April 5, 2011

  • "Every morning I awake torn between a desire to save the world and an inclination to savor it. This makes it hard to plan the day." --EB White

    January 1, 2011