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1. A specific taste or smell: the savor of fresh mint.
2. The quality of something that is perceived as taste or smell: "There is little savor in dead men's meat" (Stephen Vincent Benét).
3. A distinctive quality or characteristic: enjoyed the savors of local life on their trip.
v. sa·vored, sa·vor·ing, sa·vors
1. To have a particular taste or smell: a dish that savors of curry.
2. To exhibit a specified quality or characteristic; smack: postures that savored of vanity.
1. To taste or smell, especially with pleasure: savored each morsel of the feast.
2. To appreciate fully; enjoy or relish: I want to savor this moment of accomplishment.

[Middle English savour, from Old French, from Latin sapor, from sapere, to taste; see sep- in Indo-European roots.]

sa′vor·er n.
sa′vor·ous adj.


(ˈseɪ vər)

1. the quality in a substance that affects the sense of taste or of smell.
2. a particular taste or smell.
3. distinctive quality or property.
4. power to excite or interest.
5. Archaic. repute.
6. to have savor, taste, or odor.
7. to hint or smack (often fol. by of): business practices savoring of greed.
8. to give a savor to; season; flavor.
9. to perceive by taste or smell, esp. with relish.
10. to give oneself to the enjoyment of: to savor the best in life.
Also, esp. Brit.,sa′vour.
[1175–1225; (n.) Middle English sav(o)ur < Old French savour < Latin sapōrem, acc. of sapor taste, derivative of sapere to taste (compare sapient); (v.) < Old French savourer < Late Latin sapōrāre, derivative of sapor]
sa′vor•er, n.
sa′vor•ous, adj.
usage: See -or1.


Past participle: savored
Gerund: savoring

I savor
you savor
he/she/it savors
we savor
you savor
they savor
I savored
you savored
he/she/it savored
we savored
you savored
they savored
Present Continuous
I am savoring
you are savoring
he/she/it is savoring
we are savoring
you are savoring
they are savoring
Present Perfect
I have savored
you have savored
he/she/it has savored
we have savored
you have savored
they have savored
Past Continuous
I was savoring
you were savoring
he/she/it was savoring
we were savoring
you were savoring
they were savoring
Past Perfect
I had savored
you had savored
he/she/it had savored
we had savored
you had savored
they had savored
I will savor
you will savor
he/she/it will savor
we will savor
you will savor
they will savor
Future Perfect
I will have savored
you will have savored
he/she/it will have savored
we will have savored
you will have savored
they will have savored
Future Continuous
I will be savoring
you will be savoring
he/she/it will be savoring
we will be savoring
you will be savoring
they will be savoring
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been savoring
you have been savoring
he/she/it has been savoring
we have been savoring
you have been savoring
they have been savoring
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been savoring
you will have been savoring
he/she/it will have been savoring
we will have been savoring
you will have been savoring
they will have been savoring
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been savoring
you had been savoring
he/she/it had been savoring
we had been savoring
you had been savoring
they had been savoring
I would savor
you would savor
he/she/it would savor
we would savor
you would savor
they would savor
Past Conditional
I would have savored
you would have savored
he/she/it would have savored
we would have savored
you would have savored
they would have savored
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.savor - the taste experience when a savoury condiment is taken into the mouthsavor - the taste experience when a savoury condiment is taken into the mouth
gustatory perception, gustatory sensation, taste, taste perception, taste sensation - the sensation that results when taste buds in the tongue and throat convey information about the chemical composition of a soluble stimulus; "the candy left him with a bad taste"; "the melon had a delicious taste"
lemon - a distinctive tart flavor characteristic of lemons
vanilla - a distinctive fragrant flavor characteristic of vanilla beans
Verb1.savor - derive or receive pleasure fromsavor - derive or receive pleasure from; get enjoyment from; take pleasure in; "She relished her fame and basked in her glory"
feast one's eyes - look at with great enjoyment; "She feasted her eyes on the Tuscan landscape"
devour - enjoy avidly; "She devoured his novels"
2.savor - have flavor; taste of something
smack, taste - have a distinctive or characteristic taste; "This tastes of nutmeg"
3.savor - taste appreciatively; "savor the soup"
taste - perceive by the sense of taste; "Can you taste the garlic?"
4.savor - give taste to
cookery, cooking, preparation - the act of preparing something (as food) by the application of heat; "cooking can be a great art"; "people are needed who have experience in cookery"; "he left the preparation of meals to his wife"
flavor, flavour, season - lend flavor to; "Season the chicken breast after roasting it"


1. A distinctive property of a substance affecting the gustatory sense:
2. A distinctive yet intangible quality deemed typical of a given thing:
1. To have a particular flavor or suggestion of something:
2. To receive pleasure from:
Informal: go for.
Slang: dig.
3. To undergo an emotional reaction:


(American) savor (ˈseivə) verb
to eat, drink usually slowly in order to appreciate taste or quality. He savoured the delicious soup.
ˈsavoury adjective
having a usually salty or sharp, but not sweet, taste or smell. a savoury omelette.
something savoury served with eg alcoholic drinks.
savour of
to have a suggestion or give an impression of (usually something bad). Their action savours of rebellion.
References in classic literature ?
Though the certainty of this criterion is far from demonstrable, yet it has the savor of analogical probability.
To tell the truth, Phineas had been a hearty, two-fisted backwoodsman, a vigorous hunter, and a dead shot at a buck; but, having wooed a pretty Quakeress, had been moved by the power of her charms to join the society in his neighborhood; and though he was an honest, sober, and efficient member, and nothing particular could be alleged against him, yet the more spiritual among them could not but discern an exceeding lack of savor in his developments.
Its situation must always savor of weakness, sometimes border upon anarchy.
The savor of success had always been highly agreeable to him, and it had been his fortune to know it often.
He was walking across the lawn toward the landing stage on the river, and still felt all around him, under the dome of golden evening, an Old World savor and reverberation in that riverhaunted garden.
Moreover, I would say unto myself, a woman knoweth nought of the great things appertaining to state government; and, likewise, I know a woman is ever prone to take up a fancy, even as she would pluck a daisy from the roadside, and then throw it away when the savor is gone; therefore, though she hath taken a fancy to this outlaw, it will soon wane away and be forgotten.
The smell and taste of it all had a smack of Anisya Fedorovna herself: a savor of juiciness, cleanliness, whiteness, and pleasant smiles.
And yet, if the telephone had been miraculously connected with some higher atmosphere pungent with the scent of thyme and the savor of salt, Katharine could hardly have breathed in a keener sense of exhilaration.
He heard her with surprise for these were the first words that she had spoken to him that did not savor of the attitude of a princess to a panthan--though it was more in her tone than the actual words that he apprehended the difference.
He moved quietly through the jungle, his sharp eyes and ears always alert for anything that might savor of the unusual, and so it was that he saw the two men upon the beach, while they did not see him at all.
Yet somehow it conveyed to Anne a whiff of the wholesome, simple life at Green Gables, with its savor of ancient peace, and the steadfast abiding love that was there for her.
A five-per cent safe investment had no attraction for him; but to risk millions in sharp, harsh skirmish, standing to lose everything or to win fifty or a hundred per cent, was the savor of life to him.