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[fley-ver] /ˈfleɪ vər/
noun, Chiefly British
Usage note
See -or1. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for flavour
  • The quality, shape, flavour and size of the raspberry fruit are all directly tied to the efficiency of the pollinators.
  • The inner leaf juices are bitter and cannot have profitable flavour.
  • About two or three per cent of people detect the white wine flavour, but invariably they have little experience of wine culture.
  • It's better for the environment it has much more flavour and is not riddled with fat, so it's better for you as well.
  • Yes, these are good points, but organic food certainly has much better flavour and color.
  • The strange thing about neutrinos is that once created, they change from one flavour to another as they travel.
  • The full flavour of these pieces cannot be gained by mere reading, nor is the elocutionist's platform their proper setting.
  • Besides this, there should be a certain pleasantness in word and manner which adds no little flavour to friendship.
  • From some it derives a flavour which no culture or management can equal, it is supposed, upon any other.
  • And despite all of that, the conference retained the same flavour it always has.
British Dictionary definitions for flavour


taste perceived in food or liquid in the mouth
a substance added to food, etc, to impart a specific taste
a distinctive quality or atmosphere; suggestion: a poem with a Shakespearean flavour
a type or variety: various flavours of graphical interface
(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)
flavour of the month, a person or thing that is the most popular at a certain time
(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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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flavour in Technology

(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.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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