1 flavour/flavor
delicious, fresh, nice, pleasant, refreshing
pungent, rich, strong
bland, mild
foul, nasty, unpleasant
bitter, creamy, metallic, salty, sharp, smooth, sour, spicy, sweet

You need to use fresh herbs to get the authentic Italian taste.


The soup had a very salty taste.


The drink left a bitter taste in his mouth.

The whole business left a bad taste in my mouth. (figurative)


Don't have a cigarette now—you'll spoil the taste of your food!

enhance, improve
enjoy, savour/savor

She was enjoying the taste of the champagne.

disguise, take away

I had a strong coffee to take away the nasty taste of the food.


He could feel the taste of blood in his mouth.

2 a taste small amount
brief, little, small

That job gave me my first real taste of teaching.

get, have, taste (esp. AmE)

Have a taste of this cake.

give sb, offer (sb), provide (sb with)
taste of

This was her first taste of success.

a taste of things to come

The new appraisal plan is only a taste of things to come.

3 liking
catholic (esp. BrE), eclectic, varied
refined, sophisticated
expensive, extravagant
eccentric, esoteric (esp. BrE), strange

Modern art is an acquired taste.


the changing tastes of consumers

local, national
individual, personal
aesthetic, artistic, cultural, literary, musical, reading, sexual
audience, consumer, contemporary, popular, public, Western

Her music appeals to popular taste.


They have a taste for adventure.

like, share

You obviously share her taste in reading.

acquire, cultivate, develop, get

I've lost my taste for exotic trips.


Now he is retired he has time to indulge his tastes for writing and politics.

demonstrate, display

Her choice of outfit demonstrated her taste for the outrageous.

appeal to, cater for (esp. BrE), cater to (esp. AmE), match, meet, satisfy, suit

a range of hotels to suit all tastes and budgets


It all depends on where your tastes lie.


His tastes run to the exotic.

change, differ, vary

Lifestyles differ and tastes vary.

for sb's taste

The music was too modern for my taste.

to taste (= according to how much of sth as you want)

Add salt and pepper to taste.

to your taste

If fishing is not to your taste, there are many other leisure activities on offer.

taste for

People with a taste for complex plots will enjoy this book.

taste in

young people's tastes in music

a man/woman of … tastes

a man of advanced tastes

a matter of (personal) taste

What type of bicycle you should buy is very much a matter of personal taste.

a wide range/variety of tastes
4 ability to make good choices
excellent, exquisite, fine, good, great, impeccable

Her work is executed with impeccable taste.

appalling (esp. BrE), bad, dubious, poor, questionable, terrible
reflect, show

The house reflected his taste.


The designer has exercised good taste in her choice of fabrics.

in … taste

That joke was in very poor taste.

with taste

The room had been decorated with great taste.

taste in

She has terrible taste in clothing.

an arbiter of taste (esp. BrE)

Contemporary arbiters of taste dismissed his paintings as rubbish.

in the best possible taste, in the worst possible taste

The love scenes are all done in the best possible taste.

HIs jokes were in the worst possible taste.

a lack of taste

The remark showed a real lack of taste.

a man/woman of taste
taste and decency (BrE)

The play was judged to offend against standards of public taste and decency.


The water tasted strongly of chemicals.

faintly, slightly

The fish tasted faintly of garlic.


The fruit tasted rather like mango.


a cake which tasted of almonds

taste awful, taste bad, taste bitter, taste disgusting, taste foul, taste horrible, taste terrible, taste vile
taste delicious, taste fine, taste good, taste great, taste sweet, taste wonderful
taste funny
Taste is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑fish, ↑food
Taste is used with these nouns as the object: ↑flavour, ↑food, ↑salt, ↑sauce, ↑sweetness, ↑taste, ↑victory, ↑wine

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