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savor

[sey-ver] /ˈseɪ vər/
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
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.
Synonyms
1. relish, smack; odor, scent, fragrance. See taste.
Usage note
See -or1.
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  • Hence the lady named was the toast or savour of the wine-that which gave the draught piquancy and merit.
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  • For, given any mathematical statement, a shape that the eye can savour is never far away.
  • Take a breath, and savour the mad scale of this ambition.
  • savour the moment, whether you are on a train, eating lunch or talking to friends.
  • If you're paying six figures, you might prefer to savour it in small sips.
British Dictionary definitions for savour

savour

/ˈseɪvə/
noun
1.
the quality in a substance that is perceived by the sense of taste or smell
2.
a specific taste or smell: the savour of lime
3.
a slight but distinctive quality or trace
4.
the power to excite interest: the savour of wit has been lost
5.
(archaic) reputation
verb
6.
(intransitive) often foll by of. to possess the taste or smell (of)
7.
(intransitive) often foll by of. to have a suggestion (of)
8.
(transitive) to give a taste to; season
9.
(transitive) to taste or smell, esp appreciatively
10.
(transitive) to relish or enjoy
Derived Forms
savourless, (US) savorless, adjective
savorous, adjective
Word Origin
C13: from Old French savour, from Latin sapor taste, from sapere to taste
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Word Origin and History for savour

chiefly British English spelling of savor (q.v.); for spelling, see -or. Related: Savoured; savouring.

savor

n.

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).

v.

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.

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