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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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
After admiring for several minutes, they savored the warm sun-rays lying on the
  lush green lawn.
On an emotional level, however, the moment is to be somberly savored.
Contrary to popular belief, tequila should be savored and slowly sipped, often
  accompanied by beer.
These animals are highly nutritious and savored by many groups around the world.
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