- To savor is defined as to appreciate the smell, taste or feeling of something.
- An example of savor is swishing a delicious red wine in the mouth.
- An example of savor is enjoying the excitement of a college graduation.
- that quality of a thing which acts on the sense of taste or of smell
- a particular taste or smell
- characteristic quality; distinctive property
- perceptible trace; tinge
- power to excite interest, zest, etc.
- Archaic repute
Origin of savorMiddle English ; from Old French savour ; from Classical Latin sapor, akin to sapere: see sap
- to have the particular taste, smell, or quality; smack (of)
- to show traces or signs (of): rudeness savoring of contempt
- to be the source of the flavor or scent of; season
- to taste or smell, esp. with relish
- to enjoy with appreciation; dwell on with delight
Brit. sp. savour
- A specific taste or smell: the savor of fresh mint.
- The quality of something that is perceived as taste or smell: “There is little savor in dead men's meat” (Stephen Vincent Benét).
- A distinctive quality or characteristic: enjoyed the savors of local life on their trip.
verbsa·vored, sa·vor·ing, sa·vors
- To have a particular taste or smell: a dish that savors of curry.
- To exhibit a specified quality or characteristic; smack: postures that savored of vanity.
- To taste or smell, especially with pleasure: savored each morsel of the feast.
- To appreciate fully; enjoy or relish: I want to savor this moment of accomplishment.
Origin of savorMiddle English savour, from Old French, from Latin sapor, from sapere, to taste; see sep- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present savors, present participle savoring, simple past and past participle savored)
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