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 the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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