• Taste (something) carefully, so as to appreciate it fully.

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Example Sentences

“The chef would degust each dish before he served it, taking small bites in order to sample every flavor.”

“The experienced food critic would degust each dish on the menu with a discerning palate.”

“I prefer to degust every ingredient, and you can’t do that if you inhale the food as soon as it’s set in front of you.”

Word Origin

Latin, early 17th century

Why this word?

Breaking down the roots of “degust” reveals a literal definition. The word stems from the Latin “degustare,” which is a combination of the prefix “de-” (“complete”) and the verb “gustare” (“to taste”). Degusting is not just eating, but rather savoring each bite completely. If you think you might want to make degusting a career, start practicing. In a “Food & Wine” magazine article about how to become a professional taste tester, one woman described a six-month palate-training process. “I was trained to identify and refer back to specific tastes, textures, and other aspects of the ingredients we use,” she recounted.

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