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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 bīngqílín? [Pinyin]
    What flavour of ice cream would you like?
    1. (figuratively) taste of cooking; food
    媽媽味道 / 妈妈味道  ―  māma de wèidào  ―  the taste of mum's cooking
  2. smell; odour (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 (San Tin 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
Hsinchu (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
Philippines (Manila) , 味素
Chaozhou 味素, 味道
Wu Suzhou 味道
Wenzhou 味道
Xiang Changsha 味道
Shuangfeng 味道
  • (smell):
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 (San Tin 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
Hsinchu (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
Philippines (Manila) , 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,



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