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taster

[tey-ster] /ˈteɪ stər/
noun
1.
a person who tastes, especially one skilled in distinguishing the qualities of liquors, tea, etc., by the taste.
2.
a container for taking samples or tasting.
3.
a wide shallow cup, usually metal, for holding wine to be tasted, as by a professional taster.
4.
a person employed or ordered to taste the food and drink prepared for a king, dictator, etc., to ascertain the presence of poison.
5.
Genetics. a person able to taste phenylthiourea or some other test substance.
Origin of taster
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English tastour < Anglo-French. See taste, -er1
Related forms
pretaster, noun
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  • But, to the possibly erroneous taste of the present taster, it does not seem to be a consummated consommé.

  • "He is such a taster," she added, but particularized no more.

    The Three Black Pennys Joseph Hergesheimer
  • And, for the death of the woman, I had tried the potion on her sooner, had not Master George been her taster.

    The Abbot Sir Walter Scott
  • The taster ordered the scullion to bring him a gold spoon, which he first rinsed in the brook, and then gave it to the head cook.

  • And it appears that the person whom the Romans now call the taster was at that time called by the Greeks .

  • When he dined in public four of them waited on him at table, and one of them performed the duties of taster.

  • I have been his cupbearer and taster, and as frequently shared his outdoor sports; now hunting with hawk, and now with hound.

  • The taster was to avoid, by means of some dextrous management, the taking of any portion of the fatal ingredients himself.

    Nero Jacob Abbott
  • It has also to be remarked that Hunt is much better as a taster than as a professor or expounder.

  • Again and again the taster is brought up, full of gault, and its contents or "core" thrown aside.

British Dictionary definitions for taster

taster

/ˈteɪstə/
noun
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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