1175-1225; (noun) Middle Englishsav(o)ur < Old Frenchsavour < Latinsapōrem, accusative of sapor taste, derivative of sapere to taste (cf. sapient); (v.) Middle Englishsav(o)uren < Old Frenchsavourer < Late Latinsapōrāre, derivative of sapor
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.