Definition of savor in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsāvər/
(British savour)


1 [with object] Taste (good food or drink) and enjoy it completely: gourmets will want to savor our game specialties
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  • Both routes of feeding were physically unnatural and all I wanted was that exhilarating feeling of smelling, tasting and savouring food in my mouth again.
  • She ate it slowly, savoring each morsel of food that went in her mouth.
  • Do not gulp down your food; savor each mouthful and chew well before you swallow.
1.1Enjoy or appreciate (something pleasant) completely, especially by dwelling on it: I wanted to savor every moment
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  • Yet still we lingered, savoring the last moments of the magical afternoon.
  • You try to live life to the fullest, savouring every moment, for you never know what the morrow may bring - or if there will be a morrow for you.
  • Sloan breathed deep, enjoying and savoring the moment.
relish, enjoy (to the full), appreciate, delight in, revel in, luxuriate in, bask in
2 [no object] (savor of) Have a suggestion or trace of (something, especially something bad): their genuflections savored of superstition and popery
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  • The promise of endless variety savours of sameness, and we blame ourselves for being spoilt or ignorant, unimaginative, ungrateful and unfulfilled.
  • That would savour of something like treachery, a kind of anti-supporting of your own team.
  • Too much liberty of this kind savours of a luxuriant ungovernable fancy and borders on enthusiasm.
suggest, smack of, have the hallmarks of, seem like, have the air of, show signs of


1A characteristic taste, flavor, or smell, especially a pleasant one: the subtle savor of wood smoke
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  • What's needed is a flesh whose savour runs deep because its fats are dispersed, in fine grains, throughout the meat.
  • Their salted and smoked meat was useful to give savour to otherwise stodgy dishes, and was especially important for the poor.
  • The notes of nut and marmalade add great savour to rashers and crispy black pudding.
smell, aroma, fragrance, scent, perfume, bouquet;
taste, flavor, tang, smack
piquancy, interest, attraction, flavor, spice, zest, excitement, enjoyment, shine
informal zing, pizzazz, sparkle
1.1A suggestion or trace, especially of something bad.
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  • It has the savor of disease about it and you immediately wonder what sort of agenda lies behind it.
  • His casualness irritated Adriana; it had the savor of a deliberate affront.
  • The air had a metallic savour and my throat suddenly went dry.
trace, hint, suggestion, touch, smack



Pronunciation: /ˈsāvərləs/
Example sentences
  • Women would find a world without men flat and savourless; it is men who dream of a world without women.
  • Her eyes trailed back down to her now savorless cup of coffee.
  • Arun shook his head and forced more of his savorless meal into his mouth.


Middle English: from Old French, from Latin sapor, from sapere 'to taste'.

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Syllabification: sa·vor

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