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From Old High German gismac, gismah, smac from Proto-Germanic *smakkuz, from Proto-Indo-European *smeg- (taste). Cognate with Dutch smaak, English smack, smatch, Swedish smak, Danish smag.


  • IPA(key): /ɡəˈʃmak/
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  • Rhymes: -ak


Geschmack m (genitive Geschmackes, plural Geschmäcker or Geschmäcke)

  1. taste
    • 1918, Elisabeth von Heyking, Die Orgelpfeifen, in: Zwei Erzählungen, Phillipp Reclam jun. Verlag, page 19:
      Die eigenen Zimmer hatten sich die Enkel nach persönlichem Geschmack eingerichtet.
      The grandchildren had furnished their own rooms according to their personal taste.
  2. flavour
  3. (Switzerland) smell, odor

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  • The normal plural is Geschmäcker. The form is still labelled as colloquial in some dictionaries, but has in fact become predominant in all registers since the 1980s. The older form Geschmäcke is now quite rare.


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