flavor

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Etymology

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From Middle English flavour meaning “smell, odour”, usually pleasing, borrowed from Old French flaour (smell, odour), from Vulgar Latin *flātor (odour, that which blows), from Latin flātor (blower), from flō, flāre (to blow, puff), ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *bʰleh₁- (to blow), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰel- (to make a loud noise). Doublet of blow and bleat.

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flavor (countable and uncountable, plural flavors) (American spelling)

  1. The quality produced by the sensation of taste or, especially, of taste and smell in combined effect.
    The flavor of this apple pie is delicious.
  2. Flavoring, a substance used to produce a taste.
    Flavor was added to the pudding.
  3. A variety (of taste) attributed to an object.
    What flavor of bubble gum do you enjoy?
  4. The characteristic quality of something.
    the flavor of an experience
    • 1983 December 10, Mike Riegle, “Sexual Politics of "Crime": Inside and Out”, in Gay Community News, volume 11, number 21, page 5:
      I'd like to read from a pair of letters that we got recently at GCN to give you the flavor of the issues gay prisoners have to deal with.
  5. (informal) A kind or type.
    Debian is one flavor of the Linux operating system.
  6. (hip-hop slang) Style.
    • 1993, “Bring The Flavor”, in Black Reign, performed by Queen Latifah:
      Who brings the flavor? / That's me, that's me / Who brings the flavor? / That's me. I got it
  7. (particle physics) One of the six types of quarks (top, bottom, strange, charmed, up, and down) or three types of leptons (electron, muon, and tauon).
  8. (archaic) The quality produced by the sensation of smell; odour; fragrance.
    the flavor of a rose
    • 1859 December 13, Charles Dickens, “The Mortals in the House”, in Charles Dickens, editor, The Haunted House. The Extra Christmas Number of All the Year Round [], volume II, London: [] C. Whiting, [], →OCLC, page 4:
      It was damp, it was not free from dry rot, there was a flavour of rats in it, and it was the gloomy victim of that indescribable decay which settles on all the work of man’s hands whenever it’s not turned to man’s account.

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flavor (third-person singular simple present flavors, present participle flavoring, simple past and past participle flavored)

  1. (American spelling, transitive) To add flavoring to something.

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Noun

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flavor

  1. Alternative form of flavour