- 1The roof of the mouth, separating the cavities of the nose and the mouth in vertebrates.More example sentences
- Forty percent of head and neck cancers occur in the oral cavity, including the tongue, floor of the mouth, palate, lips and oropharynx.
- This surgery involves drawing tissue from either side of the mouth to rebuild the palate and requires two or three nights in the hospital, the first night in the intensive care unit.
- The palate is defined anatomically as the roof of the mouth.
- 2A person’s appreciation of taste and flavor, especially when sophisticated and discriminating: a fine range of drink for sophisticated palates • figurative the suggestions may not suit everyone’s palateMore example sentences
(sense of) taste, appetite, stomach
- This north Indian food festival has the essential ingredients to suit different palates.
- In the past, children's palates were trained to appreciate different kinds of flavours in different societies through eating together with adults.
- The Spanish palate is different than the Mexican palate; though the two countries share the same tongue they have different tastes.
- 2.1Taste or flavor of wine or beer: a wine with a zingy, peachy palateMore example sentences
- This is a lovely medium sweet wine with a luscious palate of lemon squash and lime with a crisp mineral finish.
- This is a fresh unoaked style with plenty of weight on the palate, zingy acidity and flavours of apples and pears.
- Other suitors for venison include English old ales, with their rich, round, malty palates; and American brown ales, weighing in with caramel and chocolate flavors.
late Middle English: from Latin palatum.