parfum vs saveur

KayC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

parfum vs saveur

Why un parfum rather than une saveur?

Asked 2 years ago
CélineKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Bonjour Kay,

Maarten is right ! "parfum" is used for the flavour of an ice cream or sorbets. "saveur" is what it tastes like when you eat it. See example below:

J'ai choisi une glace au parfum chocolat = I chose a chocolate flavoured ice cream

J'ai apprécie sa saveur = I enjoyed its flavour

I hope this is helpful.

Bonne journée !

MaartenC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Because “parfum” is the more common way the French refer to the flavour of ice cream and sorbets. Its meaning goes beyond just the scent  or aroma, as English would generally mean with perfume. Doesn’t really need a reason - although there is probably one somewhere, related possibly to the mode of flavouring, or fragrant nature of many flavourings  etc. 

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Why un parfum rather than une saveur?

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