palate (plural palates)
- (anatomy) The roof of the mouth, separating the cavities of the mouth and nose in vertebrates. [from 14th c.]
- (zoology) A part associated with the mouth of certain invertebrates, somewhat analagous to the palate of vertebrates. [from 20th c.]
- (entomology, rare) The hypopharynx of an insect. [from 19th c.]
- (botany) A projection in the throat of certain bilabiate flowers as the snapdragon. [from 18th c.]
- (cooking, historical) The palate of an animal, as an item of food. [from 17th c.]
- 1791, James Boswell, Life of Samuel Johnson, Oxford, page 332:
- I remember, when he was in Scotland, his praising ‘Gordon's palates’ (a dish of palates at the Honourable Alexander Gordon's) with a warmth of expression which might have done for honour to more important subjects.
- (figuratively) A person's ability to distinguish between and appreciate different flavors. [from 14th c.]
- 1733-1738, Alexander Pope, Imitations of Horace:
- Hard task! to hit the palate of such guests.
- (figuratively) Mental relish; a liking or affinity for something. [from 15th c.]
- (Can we find and add a quotation of T. Baker to this entry?)
- Taste or flavour, especially with reference to wine or other alcoholic drinks. [from 20th c.]
- palatal (adjective)
- palatine (adjective)
roof of the mouth
ability to distinguish between and appreciate different flavors
figuratively: relish; taste; liking
- (transitive, nonstandard) To relish; to find palatable.
- Synonym: stomach
- c. 1602, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Troylus and Cressida”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act IV, scene i]:
- Not palating the taste of her dishonour
- 2013 October 10, Adam Mann, “Number Crunching Shows Old Movies Are More Creative Than New Ones”, in WIRED:
- "If it’s way out there, it’s hard to palate," said Sreenivasan.
- palatable (adjective)
- “palate”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–present.
- “palate” in Merriam–Webster Online Dictionary.
- plural of
- inflection of :
- feminine plural of
- The palate; the top of the mouth (including the uvula).
- One's sense of taste (the palate was believed to be the source of this).
- English: palate
palate n pl
- plural of