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Nov 22, 2016
This week’s theme
Don’t judge a word by its sound

This week’s words
pulchritude
degustation
bucolic
puissant
crepuscular

Salt degustation
Salt degustation in Niederfinow, Germany
Photo: Ralf Roletschek/Wikimedia

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with Anu Garg

degustation

PRONUNCIATION:
(dee-guh-STAY-shuhn)

MEANING:
noun: Tasting samples of a variety of similar foods or drinks.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin degustare (to taste), from de- (completely) + gustare (to taste). Ultimately from the Indo-European root geus- (to taste or choose), which also gave us choice, choose, gusto, ragout, and disgust. Earliest documented use: 1651.

USAGE:
“We could host a chocolate degustation for the board members.”
Charlotte De Pace; Hot Chocolate; Harlequin; 2016.

See more usage examples of degustation in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
The color of truth is grey. -Andre Gide, author, Nobel laureate (22 Nov 1869-1951)

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