a person who tastes, especially one skilled in distinguishing the qualities of liquors, tea, etc., by the taste.
a container for taking samples or tasting.
a wide shallow cup, usually metal, for holding wine to be tasted, as by a professional taster.
a person employed or ordered to taste the food and drink prepared for a king, dictator, etc., to ascertain the presence of poison.
Genetics. a person able to taste phenylthiourea or some other test substance.

1350–1400; Middle English tastour < Anglo-French. See taste, -er1

pretaster, noun
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taster (ˈteɪstə)
1.  a person who samples food or drink for quality
2.  any device used in tasting or sampling
3.  a person employed, esp formerly, to taste food and drink prepared for a king, etc, to test for poison
4.  a sample or preview of a product, experience, etc, intended to stimulate interest in the product, experience, etc, itself: the single serves as a taster for the band's new album

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For that the royals have long had a remedy: the food taster.
On different days, they set up a tasting table of jam, offering each taster a coupon for a dollar off if they bought a jar.
Decide on a memorable message and communicate it to every taster.
While nothing basically wrong with the wine it has no impact on the taster.
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