Distinctive taste; savor: a flavor of smoke in bacon. See Synonyms at taste. A distinctive yet intangible quality felt to be characteristic of a given thing: "What matters in literature . . . is surely the idiosyncratic, the individual, the flavor or color of a particular human suffering\u201d ( Harold Bloom). A flavoring: contains no artificial flavors. Physics Any of six classifications of quark varieties (up, down, strange, charm, top, and bottom), distinguished by mass and electric charge. Archaic Aroma; fragrance. To give flavor to.