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[dih-guhst] /dɪˈgʌst/
verb (used with object)
to taste or savor carefully or appreciatively.
Also, degustate
[dih-guhs-teyt] /dɪˈgʌs teɪt/ (Show IPA)
Origin of degust
1615-25; < Latin dēgustāre to taste, try, equivalent to dē- de- + gustāre to taste (gust(us) a tasting + -āre infinitive suffix)
Related forms
[dee-guh-stey-shuh n] /ˌdi gʌˈsteɪ ʃən/ (Show IPA),
noun Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for degustation


verb (transitive)
(rare) to taste, esp with care or relish; savour
Derived Forms
degustation (ˌdiːɡʌˈsteɪʃən) noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin dēgustāre, from gustāre, from gustus a tasting, taste
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Word Origin and History for degustation

1650s, from Latin degustationem (nominative degustatio) "a tasting," noun of action from past participle stem of degustare "to take a taste from, sample," from de- (see de-) + gustare "to taste" (see gusto).

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degustation in Medicine

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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