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savor

or (especially British) savour

[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.
Origin of savor
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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Examples from the Web for savour
Historical Examples
  • I am afraid there is only too much justice in an opinion that might, at the first blush, seem to savour of self-love.

    Satanstoe James Fenimore Cooper
  • In fact, such a deed might savour of jealousy and covetousness.

  • If the salt has lost its savour it will not arrest corruption in the sacrifice that is salted with it.

  • Thus, earnest resolution has often seemed to have about it almost a savour of omnipotence.

    Self-Help Samuel Smiles
  • If the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted?

    The Problem of Truth H. Wildon Carr
  • It has the tang of the soil as well as the savour of the blood.

    The Balladists John Geddie
  • This sentiment, which seems at first to savour of ingratitude, is not in reality difficult to explain.

    Lord Chatham Archibald Phillip Primrose Rosebery
  • He scoured his memory to think of anything that might savour of credit.

    Follow My leader Talbot Baines Reed
  • The names he bestowed inwardly on his master did not savour of respect.

    Barclay of the Guides Herbert Strang
  • Everything where I live would seem to you to savour of another planet.

    Manasseh Maurus Jokai
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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