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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.
Also, especially British, savour.
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 savoring
  • Professionalism aside, no one involved walked away savoring the experience.
  • And of course, the slow food movement is all about place and savoring the seasonal local foods wherever you go.
  • The goal is for the image to set the mood, to entice the reader into savoring the story.
  • savoring native delicacies-and understanding their role in local cultures-is central to the traveler's journey.
  • The artificial-sweetener market is savoring the taste of success.
  • Everything savoring of astrology, or the mysterious in general, should be entirely rejected.
  • Perhaps he was savoring the moment, thrilled to be part of a team again.
  • The season is here for savoring the comfort foods of fall, meats braised in wine and vegetables.
  • savoring the cost-saving benefits of staying in hostels has nothing to do with age.
  • Visitors can enjoy the fragrant flavor of tea while savoring the magnificent view of the lake.
Word Origin and History for savoring



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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