verb (used with object)
to taste or savor carefully or appreciatively.
Also, degustate [dih-guhs-teyt] .

1615–25; < Latin dēgustāre to taste, try, equivalent to dē- de- + gustāre to taste (gust(us) a tasting + -āre infinitive suffix)

degustation [dee-guh-stey-shuhn] , noun Unabridged
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degust or degustate (dɪˈɡʌst, dɪˈɡʌsteɪt)
rare to taste, esp with care or relish; savour
[C17: from Latin dēgustāre, from gustāre, from gustus a tasting, taste]
degustate or degustate
[C17: from Latin dēgustāre, from gustāre, from gustus a tasting, taste]
degustation or degustate

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Word Origin & History

1650s, from L. degustationem "a tasting," noun of action from degustare "to take a taste from," from de- + gustare "to taste" (see gusto).
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degustation de·gus·ta·tion (dē'gŭ-stā'shən)

  1. The act or function of tasting.

  2. The sense of taste.

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For a unique dining experience, try the degustation menu, a spectacular seven-course meal paired with wine.
The degustation menu features six courses, with a vegetarian menu also available.
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