Definitions

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

  • n. One that tastes, especially one who samples a food or beverage for quality.
  • n. Any of several devices or implements used in tasting.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. That in which, or by which, anything is tasted, as, a dram cup, a cheese taster, or the like.
  • n. One who tastes anything, especially food, wine etc., for quality.
  • n. A kind of zooid situated on the polyp-stem of certain Siphonophora, resembling the feeding zooids, but destitute of mouths.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who tastes; especially, one who first tastes food or drink to ascertain its quality.
  • n. That in which, or by which, anything is tasted, as, a dram cup, a cheese taster, or the like.
  • n. One of a peculiar kind of zooids situated on the polyp-stem of certain Siphonophora. They somewhat resemble the feeding zooids, but are destitute of mouths. See Siphonophora.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who tastes.
  • n. One skilled in distinguishing the qualities of liquors, tea, etc., by the taste.
  • n. An implement by which a small sample of anything to be tasted is manipulated.
  • n. A gimlet-shaped tool by which a small piece of cheese can be drawn from the center of the mass.
  • n. A hydrocyst of some polyps.

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

  • n. someone who samples food or drink for its quality

Etymologies

to taste + -er. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Here we apply the term taster, or wine-taster, to a small, shallow silver cup with bosses in the bottom to reflect the light and show the color and quality of wine.

    Home Life in Colonial Days

  • If the user ultimately tried to register one, the domain taster could offer to part with the one they'd registered at an inflated price; if nothing happened in a few days, the name was returned.

    Boing Boing

  • I just realised I forgot to post up a link to the Del Rey Online sub-site for VELLUM, where they have a wee taster from the first chapter and an interview with meself wherein I, well, talk about stuff. posted by Hal Duncan | 6: 21 PM

    In the Spirit of Shameless Self-Promotion

  • Scientists from NEC’s System Technologies laboratory and Mie University say the idea behind the robotic wine taster is to automate wine analysis so that retailers and custom officials can easily check that the wine in the bottle is the same as declared by the label.

    Introducing the Robotic Wine Taster | Impact Lab

  • Yet me and this other taster might be able to agree on dry and sweet in a categorical sense, and probably each place a group of bottles in one category or the other with only a few outliers.

    International Riesling Foundation: What's the Point?

  • However, there is also a variety of data in the release, which comScore have provided as a taster, which is worth examining.

    All About Symbian - News

  • Ackermann juggles a ball or two too many in "The Taster," a time-shifting play within a play about the translator of a play concerning a king's taster, which is really the heart of the production.

    WBUR | News | Boston

  • The song is described as a taster for the album - recorded under the working title

    NME Features

  • We hold ethnic minorities recruitment days and courses for women called taster days.

    Army Rumour Service

  • Previous studies have suggested a link between so-called taster status and nicotine dependence, but genetic evidence underlying such a link has been lacking.

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