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flavor

or (especially British) flavour

[fley-ver] /ˈfleɪ vər/
noun
1.
taste, especially the distinctive taste of something as it is experienced in the mouth.
2.
a substance or extract that provides a particular taste; flavoring.
3.
the characteristic quality of a thing:
He captured the flavor of the experience in his book.
4.
a particular quality noticeable in a thing:
language with a strong nautical flavor.
5.
Physics. any of the six labels given to the distinct kinds of quark: up, down, strange, charm, bottom, and top.
6.
Archaic. smell, odor, or aroma.
verb (used with object)
7.
to give flavor to (something).
Origin of flavor
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English < Middle French fla(o)ur < Late Latin *flātor stench, breath, alteration of Latin flātus a blowing, breathing, (see flatus), perhaps with -or of fētor fetor
Related forms
flavorless, adjective
deflavor, verb (used with object)
overflavor, verb
preflavor, noun, verb (used with object)
unflavored, adjective
well-flavored, adjective
Synonyms
1. See taste. 2. seasoning. 3. essence, spirit.
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Examples from the Web for flavor
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  • Standing on the grounds does not spoil the flavor of coffee as it does tea.

    Dishes & Beverages of the Old South Martha McCulloch Williams
  • This cousin had a broken hip, she needed company, and the flavor of old times.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • The Indians gather the fruit, small and sour as it is, to flavor their fat salmon.

    Travels in Alaska John Muir
  • Kirkwood's smile robbed the retort of any flavor of incivility.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • This water has added to it the nutritive value and flavor acquired from the meat.

Word Origin and History for flavor
n.

c.1300, "a smell, odor" (usually a pleasing one), from Old French flaour "smell, odor," from Vulgar Latin flator "odor," literally "that which blows," from Latin flator "blower," from flare "to blow, puff," which is cognate with Old English blawan (see blow (v.1)).

The same Vulgar Latin source produced Old Italian fiatore "a bad odor." Sense of "taste, savor" is 1690s, perhaps 1670s; originally "the element in taste which depends on the sense of smell." The -v- is perhaps from influence of savor.

v.

1730s, from flavor (n.). Related: Flavored; flavoring.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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flavor in Science
flavor
  (flā'vər)   
Any of six classifications of quark varieties, distinguished by mass and electric charge. The flavors have the names up, down, strange, charm, top, and bottom. Protons in atomic nuclei are composed of two up quarks and one down quark, while neutrons consist of one up quark and two down quarks. The flavor of a quark may be changed in interactions involving the weak force.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
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Slang definitions & phrases for flavor

flavor

adjective

: That's a very flava lady

noun

A sexually attractive woman (1960s+ Black)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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flavor in Technology

spelling
US spelling of "flavour".
[Jargon File]
(1997-03-18)

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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