fla·vor / ˈflāvər/ (Brit. fla·vour) • n. 1. the distinctive quality of a particular food or drink as perceived by the taste buds and the sense of smell: the chips come in pizza and barbecue flavors. ∎ the general quality of taste in a food: no other cracker adds so much flavor to cheese or peanut butter. ∎ a substance used to alter or enhance the taste of food or drink; a flavoring: we use vanilla and almond flavors. ∎ [in sing.] fig. an indefinable distinctive quality of something: this year's seminars have a European flavor. ∎ [in sing.] fig. an indication of the essential character of something: the extracts give a flavor of the content and tone of the conversation. 2. Physics a quantized property of quarks that differentiates them into at least six varieties (up, down, charmed, strange, top, bottom). Compare with color. • v. [tr.] alter or enhance the taste of (food or drink) by adding a particular ingredient: they use a wide range of spices to flavor their foods chunks of chicken flavored with herbs. ∎ fig. give a distinctive quality to: the faint exasperation that had flavored her tone. PHRASES: flavor of the month a person or thing that enjoys a short period of great popularity: for many law firms, Hong Kong was a flavor of the month.DERIVATIVES: fla·vor·ful / -fəl/ adj. fla·vor·less adj. fla·vor·some / -səm/ adj.