Definition of flavor in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈflāvər/
(British flavour)


1The distinctive taste of a food or drink: the yogurt comes in eight fruit flavors adding sun-dried tomatoes gives the sauce extra flavor
taste, savor, tang
1.1The general quality of taste in a food: no other cracker adds so much flavor to the cheese
More example sentences
  • Rather than using these ingredients to add flavor to your food, try alternatives like herbs, spices or lemon juice.
  • Replace excess salt with herbs and spices, which add flavor and other health benefits to your food.
  • Instead of cheese, oil or butter for flavor, use chopped tomatoes, vegetables, herbs and spices.
flavoring, seasoning, tastiness, tang, relish, bite, piquancy, pungency, spice, spiciness, zest
informal zing, zip
1.2chiefly US A substance used to alter or enhance the taste of food or drink; a flavoring: we use vanilla and almond flavors
2 [in singular] An indication of the essential character of something: the extracts give a flavor of the content and tone of the conversation
impression, suggestion, hint, taste
2.1 [in singular] A distinctive quality or atmosphere: whitewashed walls and red pantiles gave the resort a Mediterranean flavor
character, quality, feel, feeling, ambience, atmosphere, aura, air, mood, tone;
spirit, essence, nature
3A kind, variety, or sort: various flavors of firewall are evolving
4 Physics A quantized property of quarks that differentiates them into at least six varieties (up, down, charmed, strange, top, bottom). Compare with color.


[with object]
1Alter or enhance the taste of (food or drink) by adding a particular ingredient: they use a wide range of spices to flavor their foods chunks of chicken flavored with herbs
More example sentences
  • To reduce your sodium intake, take the salt shaker off the table and flavor foods with herbs, spices, and lemon juice instead.
  • The rice was flavoured with tomato and spices and the salad was of crisp iceberg lettuce lightly drizzled with a mustard dressing.
  • Dye obtained from the flowers is used to colour and flavour foods like rice, soups, cheeses and butter.
add flavor to, add flavoring to, season, spice (up), add piquancy to, ginger up, enrich
informal pep up
1.1Give a distinctive quality to: the faint exasperation that had flavored her tone
More example sentences
  • Any guy could understand falling for a real girl like Allie, and it was that quality that flavoured the film with enough sincerity to cover the hokeyness.
  • It is a distinctive accent, an openness of spirit that flavors our dance and music.


flavor of the month

A person or thing that enjoys a short period of great popularity: social networking is no longer the flavor of the month among investors
More example sentences
  • To stand up and be counted is not very cool; going with the tide seems to be the flavour of the month.
  • It does not depend on how I look or whether I am flavour of the month.
  • And you know, Scottish bands have been flavour of the month before and we were here then, so we'll be here again next time.
all the rage, the latest thing, the fashion, in vogue;
a one-hit wonder
informal hot, in



Pronunciation: /ˈflāvərfəl/
Example sentences
  • The meat is absolutely incredible - moist, flavorful, incredibly soft.
  • Basted with sweet and sour vinegar and cherry juice, the meaty duck breast tasted succulent and flavourful.
  • The calamari in tomato sauce was tender and flavourful.


Pronunciation: /ˈflāvərləs/
Example sentences
  • The danger is of subsiding into a world of flavourless, colourless euphemism, leaving behind the robustness of good English.
  • There were indeed big chunks of chocolate, but the ice-cream itself was insipid and flavourless.
  • If your idea of tea is a flavourless liquid that colours well with milk, then this will do the trick.


Pronunciation: /ˈflāvərsəm/
Example sentences
  • They are green, lush and deliciously flavoursome at all times of the year.
  • The beef cheeks themselves were perfect, soft, flavoursome and succulent.
  • Everything was incredibly fresh and flavoursome.


Late Middle English (in the sense 'fragrance, aroma'): from Old French flaor, perhaps based on a blend of Latin flatus 'blowing' and foetor 'stench'; the -v- appears to have been introduced in Middle English by association with savor. sense 1 of the noun dates from the late 17th century.

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Syllabification: fla·vor

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