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flavour

[fley-ver] /ˈfleɪ vər/
noun, Chiefly British
1.
Usage note
See -or1.

flavor

[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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British Dictionary definitions for flavour

flavour

/ˈfleɪvə/
noun
1.
taste perceived in food or liquid in the mouth
2.
a substance added to food, etc, to impart a specific taste
3.
a distinctive quality or atmosphere; suggestion: a poem with a Shakespearean flavour
4.
a type or variety: various flavours of graphical interface
5.
(physics) a property of quarks that enables them to be differentiated into six types: up, down, strange, charm, bottom (or beauty), and top (or truth)
6.
flavour of the month, a person or thing that is the most popular at a certain time
verb
7.
(transitive) to impart a flavour, taste, or quality to
Derived Forms
flavourer, (US) flavorer, noun
flavourless, (US) flavorless, adjective
flavoursome, (US) flavorsome, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Old French flaour, from Late Latin flātor (unattested) bad smell, breath, from Latin flāre to blow
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Word Origin and History for flavour

chiefly British English spelling of flavor; for spelling, see -or. Related: Flavourful; flavouring.

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.

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flavour 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.
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Slang definitions & phrases for flavour

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.
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flavour in Technology

jargon
(US: flavor) 1. Variety, type, kind. "DDT commands come in two flavors." "These lights come in two flavors, big red ones and small green ones." See vanilla.
2. The attribute that causes something to be flavourful. Usually used in the phrase "yields additional flavour". "This convention yields additional flavor by allowing one to print text either right-side-up or upside-down." See vanilla.
This usage was certainly reinforced by the terminology of quantum chromodynamics, in which quarks (the constituents of, e.g. protons) come in six flavors (up, down, strange, charm, top, bottom) and three colours (red, blue, green), however, hackish use of "flavor" at MIT predated QCD.
3. The term for "class" (in the object-oriented sense) in the LISP Machine Flavors system. Though the Flavors design has been superseded (notably by the Common LISP CLOS facility), the term "flavor" is still used as a general synonym for "class" by some Lisp hackers.
(1994-11-01)

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