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umami Line breaks: umami
Pronunciation: /uːˈmɑːmi/

Definition of umami in English:


[mass noun]
A category of taste in food (besides sweet, sour, salt, and bitter), corresponding to the flavour of glutamates, especially monosodium glutamate.
Example sentences
  • Mammals can basically sense tastes of sweet, sour, bitterness, salt, and umami (the taste of monosodium glutamate).
  • Bitter, sweet, and umami flavours in food make the wine seem more bitter.
  • Saltiness in foods high in umami neutralizes the bitter or metallic tastes in the wine you drink with these foods.


Japanese, literally 'deliciousness'.

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