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

  • n. Distinctive taste; savor: a flavor of smoke in bacon. See Synonyms at taste.
  • n. A distinctive yet intangible quality felt to be characteristic of a given thing: "What matters in literature . . . is surely the idiosyncratic, the individual, the flavor or color of a particular human suffering” ( Harold Bloom).
  • n. A flavoring: contains no artificial flavors.
  • n. Physics Any of six classifications of quark varieties (up, down, strange, charm, top, and bottom), distinguished by mass and electric charge.
  • n. Archaic Aroma; fragrance.
  • transitive v. To give flavor to.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The quality produced by the sensation of taste.
  • n. A substance used to produce a taste; flavoring.
  • n. A variety of tastes attributed to an object.
  • n. The characteristic quality of something.
  • n. A type of something.
  • n. a term used to name the six types of quarks (top, bottom, strange, charmed, up, and down) or three types of leptons (electron, muon, and tauon).
  • v. To add flavoring to (something).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. That quality of anything which affects the smell; odor; fragrances.
  • n. That quality of anything which affects the taste; that quality which gratifies the palate; relish; zest; savor.
  • n. That which imparts to anything a peculiar odor or taste, gratifying to the sense of smell, or the nicer perceptions of the palate; a substance which flavors.
  • n. That quality which gives character to any of the productions of literature or the fine arts.
  • transitive v. To give flavor to; to add something (as salt or a spice) to, to give character or zest.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The quality of a substance which affects the smell; smell; odor; fragrance: as, the flavor of the rose.
  • n. The quality of a substance which affects the taste, especially that quality which gratifies the palate; relish; zest: as, the flavor of the peach, of wine, etc.; a spicy flavor.
  • n. Figuratively, the quality of anything which affects the mental taste or perception, especially in a pleasurable way; characteristic fitness, congruity, impressiveness, or the like, particularly from a literary or artistic point of view.
  • n. That which imparts flavor; a flavoring substance or essence.
  • To communicate flavor or some quality of taste or smell to; hence, to communicate any distinctive quality to.
  • To add a flavoring substance or admixture to.

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

  • v. lend flavor to
  • n. (physics) the six kinds of quarks
  • n. the taste experience when a savoury condiment is taken into the mouth
  • n. the general atmosphere of a place or situation and the effect that it has on people


Middle English flavour, aroma, from Old French flaor, from Vulgar Latin *flātor, from Latin flāre, to blow; see bhlē- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English meaning "smell, odor", usually pleasing, from Old French flaour ("smell, odor"), from Vulgar Latin flator ("odor, that which blows"), from Latin flator ("blower"), from flare ("to blow, puff") (Wiktionary)



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  • There are six different types of quark, usually known as flavors: up, down, charm, strange, top, and bottom.

    February 7, 2008