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  • IPA(key): /ˈseɪvə(ɹ)/
  • Rhymes: -eɪvə(ɹ)
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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English savour, from Old French savour, from Latin sapor (taste, flavor), from sapiō (taste of, have a flavor of).


savour (plural savours) (British spelling)

  1. The specific taste or smell of something.
    • 1898, J. Meade Falkner, Moonfleet, Ch.5:
      He held out to me a bowl of steaming broth, that filled the room with a savour sweeter, ten thousand times, to me than every rose and lily of the world; yet would not let me drink it at a gulp, but made me sip it with a spoon like any baby.
    • 1914, Louis Joseph Vance, chapter I, in Nobody, New York, N.Y.: George H[enry] Doran Company, published 1915, OCLC 40817384:
      Little disappointed, then, she turned attention to "Chat of the Social World," gossip which exercised potent fascination upon the girl's intelligence. She devoured with more avidity than she had her food those pretentiously phrased chronicles of the snobocracy [] distilling therefrom an acid envy that robbed her napoleon of all its savour.
  2. A distinctive sensation.
    • 1650, Richard Baxter, The Saints Everlasting Rest
      Why is not my life a continual joy, and the savour of heaven perpetually upon my spirit?
  3. Sense of smell; power to scent, or trace by scent.
  4. Pleasure; appreciation; relish.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English savour, from Old French savourer, from savour, or possibly Late Latin sapōrāre, present active infinitive of sapōrō, from sapor (taste, flavor), from sapiō (taste of, have a flavor of).


savour (third-person singular simple present savours, present participle savouring, simple past and past participle savoured) (British spelling)

  1. (intransitive) To possess a particular taste or smell, or a distinctive quality.
  2. (transitive) To appreciate, enjoy or relish something.
    • 2020 August 26, Andrew Mourant, “Reinforced against future flooding”, in Rail, page 58:
      A journey along the Conwy Valley line is one to savour for aficionados of scenic railways.
    He closed his eyes so he could really savour his dessert.
  3. (transitive, archaic) To season.
    • 1974, W. R. Barron, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (modern translation)
      [] divers sorts of fish; some baked in bread, some broiled on the coals, some seethed, some in gravy savoured with spices, and all with condiments so cunning that it caused him delight.
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Old French[edit]


From Latin sapor, sapōrem.


savour m (oblique plural savours, nominative singular savours, nominative plural savour)

  1. taste


Derived terms[edit]


  • French: saveur
  • Middle English: savour