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direction; way; method; road; path; principle; truth; reason; skill; Tao (of Taoism); a measure word; to say; to speak; to talk
simp. and trad.
Literally: “to savour the principles”.


Note: The verb sense is only read with the reading "wèidào", with emphases on both syllables.



  1. flavour; taste
    品嘗味道 / 品尝味道  ―  pǐncháng wèidào  ―  to taste the flavour
    什麼味道冰淇淋 [MSC, trad.]
    什么味道冰淇淋 [MSC, simp.]
    Yào shénme wèidào de bīngqílìn? [Pinyin]
    What flavour of ice cream would you like?
  2. smell (Classifier: m)
    味道  ―  Cài yǒu gǔ wèidào.  ―  The dish smells rotten.
  3. (figuratively) interest
    味道  ―  yuè kàn yuè yǒu wèidào  ―  the more one reads, the more intriguing [the book] becomes
  4. (figuratively) particular sense or feeling
    有點諷刺味道 / 有点讽刺味道  ―  yǒudiǎn fěngcì de wèidào  ―  have a touch of sarcasm


Dialectal synonyms of 味道 (“taste; flavour”) [map]
Variety Location Words
Formal (Written Standard Chinese) 味道
Mandarin Beijing 味兒
Taiwan 味道
Jinan 味兒
Xi'an 味道
Wuhan 味口
Chengdu 味道
Yangzhou 味道
Hefei 味道
Cantonese Guangzhou 味道
Hong Kong 味道
Hong Kong (Weitou) 味道
Gan Nanchang 味道
Hakka Meixian 味道
Miaoli (N. Sixian) 味緒味道
Liudui (S. Sixian) 味緒味道
Hsinchu (Hailu) 味緒味道
Dongshi (Dabu) 味緒味道
Zhuolan (Raoping) 味緒味道
Yunlin (Zhao'an) 味素味緒味道
Hong Kong
Jin Taiyuan 味兒味道
Min Bei Jian'ou 味道
Min Dong Fuzhou
Min Nan Xiamen 味素
Quanzhou 味素
Zhangzhou 味素
Penang 味素
Chaozhou 味素味道
Wu Suzhou 味道
Wenzhou 味道
Xiang Changsha 味道
Shuangfeng 味道
Dialectal synonyms of 氣味 (“smell; odour”) [map]
Variety Location Words
Formal (Written Standard Chinese) 氣味
Mandarin Beijing 味兒
Jinan 味兒
Xi'an 味兒味氣
Wuhan 氣味氣色
Chengdu 氣氣味道
Yangzhou 味道
Hefei 味道氣味
Cantonese Guangzhou 𡃴
Hong Kong 𡃴
Hong Kong (Weitou) 𡃴
Yangjiang 𡃴
Gan Nanchang 氣味
Hakka Meixian 味道氣味
Miaoli (N. Sixian) 味道氣味
Liudui (S. Sixian) 味道氣味
Hsinchu (Hailu) 味道氣味
Dongshi (Dabu) 味道氣味
Zhuolan (Raoping) 味道氣味
Yunlin (Zhao'an) 味道氣味
Hong Kong
Jin Taiyuan 味氣
Min Bei Jian'ou 味道氣色
Min Dong Fuzhou
Min Nan Xiamen 味素
Quanzhou 味素
Chaozhou 味素氣味
Wu Suzhou 味道氣味
Wenzhou 氣道
Xiang Changsha 氣色味道氣味
Shuangfeng 氣色

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  1. (archaic) to observe the rules; to savour the reasons; to perceive the truth