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[sey-ver] /ˈseɪ vər/
the quality in a substance that affects the sense of taste or of smell.
a particular taste or smell.
distinctive quality or property.
power to excite or interest.
Archaic. repute.
verb (used without object)
to have savor, taste, or odor.
to exhibit the peculiar characteristics; smack (often followed by of):
His business practices savor of greed.
verb (used with object)
to give a savor to; season; flavor.
to perceive by taste or smell, especially with relish:
to savor the garden's odors.
to give oneself to the enjoyment of:
to savor the best in life.
Origin of savor
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
Related forms
savorer, noun
savoringly, adverb
savorless, adjective
savorous, adjective
outsavor, verb (used with object)
unsavored, adjective
Can be confused
savior, savor, savory.
1. relish, smack; odor, scent, fragrance. See taste.
Usage note
See -or1. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for savored
  • 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.
  • They are to be savored and enjoyed when you gat them.
  • My father was an excellent physician whose rough charm many people savored.
  • Rich, creamy and nutty, this is an oil to be savored.
  • They savored a soupçon of sweetbreads, and the table was cleared.
  • They slept late, savored the refined cuisine, and demanded little of an itinerary beyond the chance to lie in the sun.
  • They savored a soupçon of sweetbreads, and the table was cleared.
Word Origin and History for savored



mid-13c., from Old French savor "flavor, taste; sauce, seasoning; delight, pleasure," from Latin saporem (nominative sapor) "taste, flavor," related to sapere "to have a flavor" (see sapient).


c.1300, from Old French savorer "taste, breathe in; appreciate, care for," from Late Latin saporare, from Latin sapor (see savor (n.)). Related: Savored; savoring.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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