palate

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Middle English palate, from Latin palātum (roof of the mouth, palate), perhaps of Etruscan origin.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈpæl.ət/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ælət

Noun[edit]

palate (plural palates)

  1. (anatomy) The roof of the mouth, separating the cavities of the mouth and nose in vertebrates. [from 14th c.]
    Synonym: uraniscus
    Hyponyms: hard palate, soft palate
    1. (zoology) A part associated with the mouth of certain invertebrates, somewhat analagous to the palate of vertebrates. [from 20th c.]
    2. (entomology, rare) The hypopharynx of an insect. [from 19th c.]
    3. (botany) A projection in the throat of certain bilabiate flowers as the snapdragon. [from 18th c.]
    4. (cooking, historical) The palate of an animal, as an item of food. [from 17th c.]
      • 1791, James Boswell, Life of Samuel Johnson, Oxford, page 332:
        I remember, when he was in Scotland, his praising ‘Gordon's palates’ (a dish of palates at the Honourable Alexander Gordon's) with a warmth of expression which might have done for honour to more important subjects.
  2. (figuratively) A person's ability to distinguish between and appreciate different flavors. [from 14th c.]
    • 1733-1738, Alexander Pope, Imitations of Horace:
      Hard task! to hit the palate of such guests.
  3. (figuratively) Mental relish; a liking or affinity for something. [from 15th c.]
    • 1656, Thomas Baker, he Wicked Mans Plot Defeated
      entertain the palates of Nobles
  4. Taste or flavour, especially with reference to wine or other alcoholic drinks. [from 20th c.]

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Verb[edit]

palate (third-person singular simple present palates, present participle palating, simple past and past participle palated)

  1. (transitive, nonstandard) To relish; to find palatable.
    Synonym: stomach

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Italian[edit]

Noun[edit]

palate f

  1. plural of palata

Verb[edit]

palate

  1. inflection of palare:
    1. second-person plural present indicative
    2. second-person plural imperative
  2. feminine plural of palato

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Latin[edit]

Verb[edit]

pālāte

  1. second-person plural present active imperative of pālō

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Etymology[edit]

From Old French palat, from Latin palātum.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈpalat/, /ˈpalət/

Noun[edit]

palate

  1. The palate; the top of the mouth (including the uvula).
  2. One's sense of taste (the palate was believed to be the source of this).

Descendants[edit]

  • English: palate

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Romanian[edit]

Noun[edit]

palate n pl

  1. plural of palat