acquired taste
noun Date: 1840 something or someone that is not easily or immediately liked or appreciated

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  • Acquired taste — An acquired taste often refers to an appreciation for a food or beverage that is unlikely to be enjoyed by a person who has not had substantial exposure to it, usually because of some unfamiliar aspect of the food or beverage, including a strong… …   Wikipedia

  • acquired taste — noun a preference that is only acquired after considerable experience martinis are an acquired taste • Hypernyms: ↑preference, ↑penchant, ↑predilection, ↑taste * * * noun : someone or something that is not easily or immediately liked or… …   Useful english dictionary

  • acquired taste — noun a) A taste which is not natural or innate, but which has developed through habit or learning. Like many another Italian War hero, young Dino Grandi had turned to the post War Fascist movement to satisfy an acquired taste for action. b)… …   Wiktionary

  • acquired taste —    Something that you dislike when you first taste it, but begin to like after trying it several times, is an acquired taste.     Tony has always loved olives, but for me it was an acquired taste …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • acquired taste — taste that one must get accustomed to, taste which one learns to like with time …   English contemporary dictionary

  • acquired taste — /əˌkwaɪəd ˈteɪst/ (say uh.kwuyuhd tayst) noun 1. an unusual liking acquired through experience. 2. the thing so liked …   Australian English dictionary

  • acquired taste — a thing that one learns to like over time. → acquire …   English new terms dictionary

  • (an) acquired taste — an acquired ˈtaste idiom a thing that you do not like much at first but gradually learn to like • Abstract art is an acquired taste. Main entry: ↑acquireidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • Taste — (or, more formally, gustation) is a form of direct chemoreception and is one of the traditional five senses. It refers to the ability to detect the flavor of substances such as food and poisons. In humans and many other vertebrate animals the… …   Wikipedia

  • acquired — (adj.) c.1600, gained by effort, pp. adjective from ACQUIRE (Cf. acquire). Of diseases, occurring after birth, thus not dependent on heredity, 1842 (opposed to congenital). Acquired taste is attested from 1734 …   Etymology dictionary

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