savour

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Noun[edit]

savour (plural savours)

  1. the specific taste or smell of something.
    • 1898, J. Meade Falkner, Moonfleet Chapter 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.
  2. a distinctive sensation
    • Baxter
      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.
    • Herbert
      beyond my savour

Verb[edit]

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

  1. (intransitive) to possess a particular taste or smell, or a distinctive quality.
    • Shakespeare
      This savours not much of distraction.
    • Addison
      I have rejected everything that savours of party.
    • Rev. Joseph Bellamy
      Begone, thou impudent wretch, to hell, thy proper place: thou art a despiser of my glorious majesty, and your frame of spirit savours of blasphemy.
  2. (transitive) to appreciate, enjoy or relish something.

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Etymology[edit]

Latin sapor with a consonant change

Noun[edit]

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

  1. taste

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