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.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To savoring
Etymonline
Word Origin & History

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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Example sentences
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.
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature