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palate

used in a sentence
2 meanings
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1  —as in:
palate of the mouth
Definition upper surface of the mouth

(Do not confuse this with the similarly spelled words with the same pronunciation—pallet and pallete.)
  • She was born with a cleft palate; i.e., with the plates of her skull split rather than fused at the roof of the mouth.
palate = upper surface of the mouth
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Unlike most animals, mammals have a palate that separates the oral and nasal cavities.
  • palate = upper surface of the mouth
  • The palate is hard at the front of the mouth, but soft towards the rear.
  • palate = upper surface of the mouth
  • "One time I asked her to have a chew and she said no thanks, that— chewing gum cleaved to her palate and rendered her speechless," said Jem carefully.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • palate = the upper surface of the mouth
  • I had a surgery to fix my cleft palate when I was a baby, and then a second cleft surgery when I was four, but I still have a hole in the roof of my mouth.
    R.J. Palacio  --  Wonder
  • palate = the upper surface of the mouth
  • She put down the knife she was using to cut Auggie's grapes in half (still a choking hazard for him because of the size of his palate).
    R.J. Palacio  --  Wonder
  • palate = the upper surface of the mouth
  • They told Mom and Dad I had a cleft palate and some other stuff going on.
    R.J. Palacio  --  Wonder
palate = the upper surface of the mouth

Dictionary / pronunciation — Google®Comprehensive Dictionary (Oxford® US)Dictionary list — Onelook.com®Wikipedia Article
2  —as in:
clear my palate
Definition sense of taste

(Do not confuse this with the similarly spelled words with the same pronunciation—pallet and pallete.)
  • She has an adventurous palate and loves to try foreign foods.
palate = sense of taste
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • It is a palate pleaser.
  • palate = sense of taste
  • And though Dr. Grant is most kind and obliging to me, and though he is really a gentleman, and, I dare say, a good scholar and clever, and often preaches good sermons, and is very respectable, I see him to be an indolent, selfish bon vivant, who must have his palate consulted in everything; who will not stir a finger for the convenience of any one; and who, moreover, if the cook makes a blunder, is out of humour with his excellent wife.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • palate = taste for food
  • There were flavours on his palate that had lingered there not less than sixty or seventy years, and were still apparently as fresh as that of the mutton chop which he had just devoured for his breakfast.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • palate = sense of taste
  • The words of the hymn were like the drops of frozen rain melting on the dry palate of the panting earth.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
palate = sense of taste

Dictionary / pronunciation — Google®Comprehensive Dictionary (Oxford® US)Dictionary list — Onelook.com®Wikipedia Article
Less commonly:
This is often confused with similarly spelled words with the same pronunciation—pallet and pallete.
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