• WordNet 3.6
    • v taste experience briefly "The ex-slave tasted freedom shortly before she died"
    • v taste take a sample of "Try these new crackers","Sample the regional dishes"
    • v taste perceive by the sense of taste "Can you taste the garlic?"
    • v taste distinguish flavors "We tasted wines last night"
    • v taste have flavor; taste of something
    • v taste have a distinctive or characteristic taste "This tastes of nutmeg"
    • n taste a kind of sensing; distinguishing substances by means of the taste buds "a wine tasting"
    • n taste the faculty of distinguishing sweet, sour, bitter, and salty properties in the mouth "his cold deprived him of his sense of taste"
    • n taste 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"
    • n taste 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"
    • n taste a brief experience of something "he got a taste of life on the wild side","she enjoyed her brief taste of independence"
    • n taste a strong liking "my own preference is for good literature","the Irish have a penchant for blarney"
    • n taste a small amount eaten or drunk "take a taste--you'll like it"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There are approximately 9,000 taste buds on the tongue
    • Taste A kind of narrow and thin silk ribbon. "What, then, is taste , but those internal powers,
      Active and strong, and feelingly alive
      To each fine impulse? a discerning sense
      Of decent and sublime, with quick disgust
      From things deformed, or disarranged, or gross
      In species? This, nor gems, nor stores of gold,
      Nor purple state, nor culture, can bestow,
      But God alone, when first his active hand
      Imprints the secret bias of the soul."
    • Taste 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.
    • Taste A small portion given as a specimen; a little piece tasted or eaten; a bit.
    • Taste Essay; trial; experience; experiment.
    • Taste Intellectual relish; liking; fondness; -- formerly with of, now with for; as, he had no taste for study. "I have no taste Of popular applause."
    • Taste 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.
    • Taste The act of tasting; gustation.
    • Taste (Physiol) 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.
    • Taste 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.
    • Taste To become acquainted with by actual trial; to essay; to experience; to undergo. "He . . . should taste death for every man."
    • Taste 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. "Yea, every idle, nice, and wanton reason
      Shall to the king taste of this action."
    • Taste To have perception, experience, or enjoyment; to partake; as, to taste of nature's bounty. "The valiant never taste of death but once."
    • Taste To partake of; to participate in; -- usually with an implied sense of relish or pleasure. "Thou . . . wilt taste No pleasure, though in pleasure, solitary."
    • Taste To take sparingly. "For age but tastes of pleasures, youth devours."
    • Taste To try by eating a little; to eat a small quantity of. "I tasted a little of this honey."
    • Taste 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. "When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine.""When Commodus had once tasted human blood, he became incapable of pity or remorse."
    • Taste To try by the touch; to handle; as, to taste a bow. "Taste it well and stone thou shalt it find."
    • Taste 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The average lifespan of a human taste bud is ten days
    • taste To touch; test by touching; handle; feel.
    • taste To prove; test; try; examine.
    • taste To test or prove by the tongue or palate; take into the mouth in small quantity, in order to try the flavor or relish; specifically, to test for purposes of trade.
    • taste To eat or drink; try by eating or drinking, as by morsels or sips.
    • taste To perceive or distinguish by means of the tongue or palate; perceive the flavor of.
    • taste To give a flavor or relish to.
    • taste To have a taste for; relish; enjoy; like.
    • taste To be agreeable or relishing to; please.
    • taste To perceive; recognize; take cognizance of.
    • taste To know by experience; prove; undergo.
    • taste To participate in; partake of, often with the idea of relish or enjoyment.
    • taste To smell.
    • taste To enjoy carnally.
    • taste To touch; feel for; explore by touching.
    • taste To try food or drink by the lips and palate; eat or drink a little by way of trial, or to test the flavor; take a taste: often with of before the object.
    • taste To have a smack; have a particular flavor, savor, or relish when applied to the organs of taste: often followed by of.
    • taste To have perception, experience, or enjoyment: often with of.
    • n taste The act of examining or inquiring into by any of the organs of sense; the act of trying or testing, as by observation or feeling; hence, experience; experiment; test; trial.
    • n taste The act of tasting; gustation.
    • n taste A particular sensation excited in the organs of taste by the contact of certain soluble and sapid things; savor; flavor; relish: as, the taste of fish or fruit; an unpleasant taste.
    • n taste The sense by which the relish or savor of a thing is perceived when it is brought into immediate contact with special organs situated within the cavity of the mouth. These organs are the papillæ, or processes on the dorsum or surface of the tongue, the soft palate, the tonsils, and the upper part of the pharynx, obviously so disposed as to take early cognizance of substances about to be swallowed, and to act as sentinels for the remainder of the alimentary canal, at the entrance of which they are situated. The tongue is also supplied with nerves of common sensation or touch, and in some cases it is difficult to distinguish between such a sensation and that arising from the exercise of the sense of taste.
    • n taste Intellectual discernment or appreciation; relish; fondness; predilection: formerly followed by of, now usually by for.
    • n taste In esthetics, the faculty of discerning with emotions of pleasure beauty, grace, congruity, proportion, symmetry, order, or whatever constitutes excellence, particularly in the fine arts and literature; that faculty or susceptibility of the mind by which we both perceive and enjoy whatever is beautiful, harmonious, and true in the works of nature and art, the perception of these qualities being attended with an emotion of pleasure.
    • n taste Manner, with respect to what is pleasing, becoming, or in agreement with the rules of good behavior and social propriety; the pervading air, the choice of conditions and relations, and the general arrangement and treatment in any work of art, by which esthetic perception or the lack of it in the artist or author is evinced; style as an expression of propriety and fitness: as, a poem or music composed in good taste.
    • n taste A small portion given as a sample; a morsel, bit, or sip tasted, eaten, or drunk; hence, generally, something perceived, experienced, enjoyed, or suffered.
    • n taste Scent; odor; smell.
    • n taste Synonyms Taste, Savor, Flavor, Smack. Taste is the general word, so far as the sense of taste is concerned: as, the taste of an apple may be good, bad, strong, woody, earthy, etc. Savor and flavor may apply to the sense of taste or to that of smell. Savor in taste generally applies to food, but is otherwise rather indefinite: as, to detect a savor of garlic in soup. Flavor is generally good, but sometimes bad: it is often the predominating natural taste: as, the flavor of one variety of apple is more marked or more palatable than that of another. Smack is a slight taste, or, figuratively, a faint smell, generally the result of something not disagreeable added to the thing which is tasted or smelled: as, a smack of vanilla in ice-cream; a smack of salt in the sea-breeze.
    • n taste Taste, Sensibility. Taste is active, deciding, choosing, changing, arranging, etc.; sensibility is passive, the power to feel, susceptibility of impression, as from the beautiful.
    • n taste Taste, Judgment. As compared with judgment, taste always implies esthetic sensibility, a sense of the beautiful, and a power of choosing, arranging, etc., in accordance with its laws. Judgment is purely intellectual. A good judgment as to clothing decides wisely as to quality, with reference to durability, warmth, and general economy; good taste as to clothing decides agreeably as to colors, shape, etc., with reference to appearance.
    • n taste Narrow thin silk ribbon.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A catfish has about 100,000 taste buds
    • v.t Taste tāst 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:
    • v.i Taste to try or perceive by the mouth: to have a flavour of
    • n Taste 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
    • v.t Taste tāst (Shak.) to enjoy carnally
    • ***


  • William Shakespeare
    “Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant never taste of death but once.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “Cowards die a thousand deaths. The valiant taste of death but once.”
  • Pablo Picasso
    “The chief enemy of creativity is good taste.”
  • Gloria Vanderbilt
    Gloria Vanderbilt
    “The fame you earn has a different taste from the fame that is forced upon you.”
  • Queen Maria
    Queen Maria
    “Fashion exists for women with no taste, etiquette for people with no breeding.”
  • Mark Twain
    “When one has tasted it [Watermelon] he knows what the angels eat.”


Bad taste in your mouth - If something leaves you with a bad taste in your mouth, you feel there is something wrong or bad about it.
Champagne taste on a beer budget - Someone who lives above their means and likes things they cannot afford has champagne taste on a beer budget.
Champagne tastes, beer wages - (UK) A person who likes expensive things but has a low income has champagne taste and beer wages.
Taste blood - If someone has tasted blood, they have achieved something and are encouraged to think that victory is within their grasp.
Taste of your own medicine - If you give someone a taste of their own medicine, you do something bad to someone that they have done to you to teach them a lesson.
Who has eaten of the pot knows the taste of the broth - Experience is the best teacher.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. tasten, to feel, to taste, OF. taster, F. tater, to feel, to try by the touch, to try, to taste, (assumed) LL. taxitare, fr. L. taxare, to touch sharply, to estimate. See Tax (v. t.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. taster (Fr. tâter), as if from Low L. taxitāre—L. taxāre, to touch repeatedly, to estimate—tangĕre, to touch.


In literature:

Their tastes and pursuits were perhaps a little too similar.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by Isaac D'Israeli
It is seven days since you have tasted food, and you must not sacrifice your life.
"The Myth of Hiawatha, and Other Oral Legends, Mythologic and Allegoric, of the North American Indians" by Henry R. Schoolcraft
They are, however, superior in quality, and of a more agreeable taste when cooked.
"The Field and Garden Vegetables of America" by Fearing Burr
False Taste in our Prints of Fashions.
"A Treatise on Domestic Economy" by Catherine Esther Beecher
Perhaps, all the way behind us, I was a hunter, with a taste for books!
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
An early taste for music induced him to proceed to Edinburgh, there to cultivate a systematic acquaintance with the art.
"The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volumes I-VI." by Various
The meat was somewhat coarse-grained, but tasted not unlike beef.
"In the Wilds of Africa" by W.H.G. Kingston
Compare a taste for dress with a taste for knowledge, culture, virtue, and piety.
"Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners" by B.G. Jefferis
Coarseness of diction offended the taste.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
It is a matter of taste, and taste is cultivated by the folkways.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner

In poetry:

They taste good to her
They taste good
to her. They taste
good to her
"To A Poor Old Woman" by William Carlos Williams
But soon she knew the gift of God,
And Jesus, whom she scorned before,
Unasked, that drink on her bestowed,
Which whoso tastes shall thirst no more.
"The Woman Of Samaria" by John Newton
Friends of the young, whose toils are o'er,
Taste ye in heaven a purer bliss,
Or one that now ye cherish more,
Than that which comes from days like this?
"Hymns and Odes for Charity Occasions VII" by John Pierpont
Welcome sweet and sacred cheer,
Welcome deare;
With me, in me, live and dwell:
For thy neatnesse passeth sight,
Thy delight
Passeth tongue to taste or tell.
"The Banquet " by George Herbert
Man blindly follows grief and care,
He seeks for thorns, and finds his share,
Whilst violets to the passing air
Unheeded shed their blossoms.
Taste life's, &c.
"Taste Life's Glad Moments" by Alexander Boswell
She could not stay me, being dead;
Her body here was mine to hold.
What if her lips had lost their red?
To me they always tasted cold
With the cold words she said.
"The Tryst" by Muriel Stuart

In news:

For Nats, first taste of playoffs is awfully bitter pill.
Taste Iggy Azalea 's "Pu$$y" at Miami's LIV Nightclub on May 9.
But it left a sour taste in about 770 others' mouths.
If you want to see, smell, and taste the Deep South, look no further than East Texas.
While in the Bahamas , I tasted a minced lobster dish.
Just when you think you'll never again get to taste the culinary delights made by Theresa, Judy, Mary Alice, Emily and all the girls, they're back.
If it's taste you want, reach for a moist and creamy Keuka Gold from Schuylkill County.
The 'Dancing' pro, partnered with Bristol Palin, offers a taste of what to expect in Week 2.
The Junior League of Fort Myers, which hosts the annual Taste of the Town, held a private celebrity tasting and judging event at Riverside Community Center on Oct 15 to determine the winners of the Best of Taste Awards.
Diners who try the tasting menu once can go back and sample one of the restaurant's two chef's tasting menus .
Water A tasted crisp, with a hint of bitterness and a definite metallic after-taste.
Taste of Vietnam leaves a bad taste in the mouth .
When was the last time you tasted peanut butter as it was intended to taste.
20 for mug and 10 tastes, additional tastes $1 each 21+.
Bad taste is bad taste, but it pays to come as close as you can.

In science:

McCrimmon, A Taste of Jordan Algebras, Springer, 2004.
Simple decompositions of simple special Jordan superalgebras
McCrimmon, A Taste of Jordan Algebras, Springer, 2004.
Simple subalgebras of simple special Jordan algebras
McCrimmon, A Taste of Jordan Algebras, Springer, 2004.
Simple decompositions of the exceptional Jordan algebra
Clearly, the experience brings into existence, in consciousness, the taste from potentiality[28 ].
Founding quantum theory on the basis of consciousness
Kevin McCrimmon, A Taste of Jordan Algebras, Univertext, Springer, 2004.
Generalized Cohn's Theorem