taste

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See also: Taste, tašte, and tāste

English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English tasten, borrowed from Old French taster, from assumed Vulgar Latin *tastāre, from assumed Vulgar Latin *taxitāre, a new iterative of Latin taxāre (to touch sharply), from tangere (to touch). Almost displaced native Middle English smaken, smakien (to taste) (from Old English smacian (to taste)), Middle English smecchen (to taste, smack) (from Old English smæċċan (to taste)) (whence Modern English smack), Middle English buriȝen (to taste) (from Old English byrigan, birian (to taste)).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /teɪst/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -eɪst

Noun[edit]

taste (countable and uncountable, plural tastes)

  1. One of the sensations produced by the tongue in response to certain chemicals; the quality of giving this sensation.
    He had a strange taste in his mouth.
    Venison has a strong taste.
  2. The sense that consists in the perception and interpretation of this sensation.
    His taste was impaired by an illness.
  3. A small sample of food, drink, or recreational drugs.
  4. (countable and uncountable) A person's implicit set of preferences, especially esthetic, though also culinary, sartorial, etc.
    Dr. Parker has good taste in wine.
    • 1907 August, Robert W[illiam] Chambers, chapter VIII, in The Younger Set, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 24962326:
      "My tastes," he said, still smiling, "incline me to the garishly sunlit side of this planet." And, to tease her and arouse her to combat: "I prefer a farandole to a nocturne; I'd rather have a painting than an etching; Mr. Whistler bores me with his monochromatic mud; I don't like dull colours, dull sounds, dull intellects; []."
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 1, in The China Governess[1]:
      The huge square box, parquet-floored and high-ceilinged, had been arranged to display a suite of bedroom furniture designed and made in the halcyon days of the last quarter of the nineteenth century, when modish taste was just due to go clean out of fashion for the best part of the next hundred years.
  5. Personal preference; liking; predilection.
    I have developed a taste for fine wine.
  6. (uncountable, figuratively) A small amount of experience with something that gives a sense of its quality as a whole.
  7. A kind of narrow and thin silk ribbon.

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Verb[edit]

taste (third-person singular simple present tastes, present participle tasting, simple past and past participle tasted)

  1. (transitive) To sample the flavor of something orally.
  2. (intransitive, copulative) To have a taste; to excite a particular sensation by which flavour is distinguished.
    The chicken tasted great, but the milk tasted like garlic.
  3. To experience.
    I tasted in her arms the delights of paradise.
    They had not yet tasted the sweetness of freedom.
  4. To take sparingly.
  5. To try by eating a little; to eat a small quantity of.
  6. (obsolete) To try by the touch; to handle.

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Danish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From the noun tast.

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taste (imperative tast, infinitive at taste, present tense taster, past tense tastede, perfect tense har/er tastet)

  1. To type

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Dutch[edit]

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taste

  1. (archaic) singular present subjunctive of tasten

German[edit]

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taste

  1. inflection of tasten:
    1. first-person singular present
    2. first/third-person singular subjunctive I
    3. singular imperative

Middle English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Old French tast.

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taste (uncountable)

  1. perceived flavor

Descendants[edit]

  • English: taste
  • Yola: taaste, tawest, thaaste

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Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

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taste (imperative tast, present tense taster, passive tastes, simple past and past participle tasta or tastet, present participle tastende)

  1. to type (on a computer keyboard or typewriter)

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Serbo-Croatian[edit]

Noun[edit]

taste (Cyrillic spelling тасте)

  1. vocative singular of tast