How can we describe a broad sense of taste?

Can we say that we have a versatile taste?

Or is it more correct to say that we have a diverse taste?

Taste here is with reference to food.

  • Do you mean to describe the taste of a person who likes a wide variety of food? Diverse fits that well. I would not use "flexible". Trying food that you might not like is being flexible ( maybe even adventurous) and your tastes might adapt or expand once you taste a new food, but your tastes don't really flex — that implies that they might flex back to their original state. – Brian Hitchcock Aug 17 '15 at 5:01

From the Oxford Dictionary

Palate - A person’s appreciation of taste and flavor, especially when sophisticated and discriminating

Eclectic - Deriving ideas, style, or taste from a broad and diverse range of sources

Piquancy - A pleasantly sharp and appetizing flavor; The quality of being pleasantly stimulating or exciting

I would say you have a wide or varied palate. Perhaps even a eclectic palate.

And though not found in any dictionary we can combine the affix -geusia (meaning the sense of taste) with appropriate prefix such as bene- (good, well, gentle) and get something like benegeusia meaning "a good sense of taste"

  • Thanks Yeshe. Are there other ways we can express ourselves? Because using words such as palate and eclectic (to describe the palate) just seems to make simple descriptions complex. – Raptor Aug 17 '15 at 5:04
  • I was about to post "eclectic" as an answer before I saw you'd already mentioned it in yours. Might I suggest that you define "eclectic" (an online dictionary is fine) as it's a very appropriate word in this context? – Deepak Aug 17 '15 at 5:05
  • Can I say I have an eclectic taste? Or I have an eclectic sense of taste? Which is correct and why? – Raptor Sep 17 '15 at 1:24

This is often referred to as "catholic tastes", with catholic (small 'c') meaning "very diverse" rather than belonging to the Catholic (large 'c') church.



{Definition taken from Dictionary.com} Connoisseurship /ˌkɒn əˈsɜr, -ˈsʊər/

Connoissuer: a person who is especially competent to pass critical judgments in an art, particularly one of the fine arts, or in matters of taste.

And 'taste' here means taste of food/drinks etc.

  • while I understand where you are coming from I think the OP meant the actual sense of tasting rather than someone skilled at tasting. – Yeshe Aug 17 '15 at 4:31
  • Hi Everyone, thanks for your responses. Yes, as Yeshe stated, I'm referring the sense of tasting as defined in the question. – Raptor Aug 17 '15 at 5:03
  • @ YeShe, I wonder what it's got to do with where I come from. However, you can exercise your right of freedom of speech and live with whatever imaginations you have in your mind. – Rahul Aug 18 '15 at 6:22

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