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[fley-ver-ing] /ˈfleɪ vər ɪŋ/
something that gives flavor; a substance or preparation used to give a particular flavor to food or drink:
vanilla flavoring.
Origin of flavoring
1835-45; flavor + -ing1


[fley-ver] /ˈfleɪ vər/
taste, especially the distinctive taste of something as it is experienced in the mouth.
a substance or extract that provides a particular taste; flavoring.
the characteristic quality of a thing:
He captured the flavor of the experience in his book.
a particular quality noticeable in a thing:
language with a strong nautical flavor.
Physics. any of the six labels given to the distinct kinds of quark: up, down, strange, charm, bottom, and top.
Archaic. smell, odor, or aroma.
verb (used with object)
to give flavor to (something).
Also, especially British, flavour.
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
1. See taste. 2. seasoning. 3. essence, spirit. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for flavoring
  • The evaporated aromatics can then be captured and added back to liquor as flavoring.
  • She now thinks it more likely means cardamom, which was a common flavoring in food and drink.
  • It is essentially grain alcohol cut with water and an added flavoring agent.
  • Butter flavoring is mixed with oils and other ingredients and added to the bag during microwave popcorn production.
  • flavoring ingredients may be added after pasteurization or ultra-pasteurization.
  • The main flavoring ingredient will come as a delightful surprise and remind the recipients of summer.
  • Add sugar and flavoring and beat until of right consistency to spread.
  • When thoroughly mixed add whites of eggs beaten until stiff, and flavoring.
  • Not only are the plants a beautiful addition inside or outside the house, but they're unparalleled for flavoring foods.
  • It's usually used as a flavoring in desserts, and is justifiably popular as a variety of ice cream.
British Dictionary definitions for flavoring


a substance used to impart a particular flavour to food: rum flavouring
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Word Origin and History for flavoring

1845, "thing that gives flavor," verbal noun from flavor (v.). Middle English flauryng meant "perfume."



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.


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

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flavoring in Science
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.
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Slang definitions & phrases for flavoring



: That's a very flava lady


A sexually attractive woman (1960s+ Black)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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