Etymology: Middle English, to touch, test, taste, from Anglo-French taster, from Vulgar Latin *taxitare, frequentative of Latin taxare to touch, feel — more at tax
Date: 14th century
1. to become acquainted with by experience <has tasted the frustration of defeat> 2. to ascertain the flavor of by taking a little into the mouth 3. to eat or drink especially in small quantities 4. to perceive or recognize as if by the sense of taste 5. archaic appreciate, enjoy intransitive verb 1. to eat or drink a little 2. to test the flavor of something by taking a small part into the mouth 3. to have perception, experience, or enjoyment ; partake — often used with of 4. to have a specific flavor <the apple tastes sour> II. noun Date: 14th century 1. obsolete test 2. a. obsolete the act of tasting b. a small amount tasted c. a small amount ; bit; especially a sample of experience <her first taste of success> 3. the special sense that perceives and distinguishes the sweet, sour, bitter, or salty quality of a dissolved substance and is mediated by taste buds on the tongue 4. the objective sweet, sour, bitter, or salty quality of a dissolved substance as perceived by the sense of taste 5. a. a sensation obtained from a substance in the mouth that is typically produced by the stimulation of the sense of taste combined with those of touch and smell ; flavor b. the distinctive quality of an experience <that gruesome scene left a bad taste in my mouth> 6. individual preference ; inclination 7. a. critical judgment, discernment, or appreciation b. manner or aesthetic quality indicative of such discernment or appreciation
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.