savor

[sey-ver]
noun
1.
the quality in a substance that affects the sense of taste or of smell.
2.
a particular taste or smell.
3.
distinctive quality or property.
4.
power to excite or interest.
5.
Archaic. repute.
verb (used without object)
6.
to have savor, taste, or odor.
7.
to exhibit the peculiar characteristics; smack (often followed by of ): His business practices savor of greed.
verb (used with object)
8.
to give a savor to; season; flavor.
9.
to perceive by taste or smell, especially with relish: to savor the garden's odors.
10.
to give oneself to the enjoyment of: to savor the best in life.
Also, especially British, savour.


Origin:
1175–1225; (noun) Middle English sav(o)ur < Old French savour < Latin sapōrem, accusative of sapor taste, derivative of sapere to taste (cf. sapient); (v.) Middle English sav(o)uren < Old French savourer < Late Latin sapōrāre, derivative of sapor

savorer, noun
savoringly, adverb
savorless, adjective
savorous, adjective
outsavor, verb (used with object)
unsavored, adjective

savior, savor, savory.


1. relish, smack; odor, scent, fragrance. See taste.


See -or1.
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savour or savor (ˈseɪvə)
 
n
1.  the quality in a substance that is perceived by the sense of taste or smell
2.  a specific taste or smell: the savour of lime
3.  a slight but distinctive quality or trace
4.  the power to excite interest: the savour of wit has been lost
5.  archaic reputation
 
vb (often foll by of) (often foll by of)
6.  to possess the taste or smell (of)
7.  to have a suggestion (of)
8.  (tr) to give a taste to; season
9.  (tr) to taste or smell, esp appreciatively
10.  (tr) to relish or enjoy
 
[C13: from Old French savour, from Latin sapor taste, from sapere to taste]
 
savor or savor
 
n
 
vb
 
[C13: from Old French savour, from Latin sapor taste, from sapere to taste]
 
'savourless or savor
 
adj
 
'savorless or savor
 
adj
 
'savorous or savor
 
adj

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savor
early 13c., from O.Fr. savour, from L. saporem (nom. sapor) "taste, flavor," related to sapere "to have a flavor" (see sapient). The verb (c.1300) is from O.Fr. savourer, from L.L. saporare, from L. sapor.
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Example sentences
Self-righteousness is a gift that never loses its savor and flavor.
Pick your flavor of cynicism and savor it, because supersonic flight won't be
  back anytime soon.
Though you should be out planting, take time to savor the glories of the cherry
  trees and tulips.
Pasties need the right environment for their full savor.
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