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Build your vocabulary with Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day! Each day a Merriam-Webster editor offers insight into a fascinating new word -- explaining its meaning, current use, and little-known details about its origin.



March 10th, 2016

Episode 469 of 688 episodes

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for March 10, 2016 is: palatable \PAL-uh-tuh-bul\ adjective 1 : agreeable to the palate or taste 2 : agreeable or acceptable to the mind Examples: Derrick is afraid of flying so traveling by train is the best and most palatable alternative. "Cooking with a special someone fosters a kinship, a connection, an appreciation that infuses the relationship with a sense of harmony that's as palatableas the aromas that linger on in memory long after the meal has been consumed."— Silvia Bianco, quoted in The Darien (Connecticut) Times, 4 Feb. 2016 Did you know? Palatable comes from palate, a Latin-derived word for the roof of the mouth. The palate was once thought of as the seat of the sense of taste, so the word eventually came to mean "sense of taste," or broadly, "liking." Palatable has been used in English to refer to palate-pleasing foods since 1619, but it isn't our only—or our oldest—adjective for agreeable tastes. Savory dates from the 14th century. Toothsome has been around since 1551. Tasty was first used in the early 17th century. And appetizing has been gracing culinary reviews since 1653.

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