What does the word foretaste mean?

Usage examples for foretaste

  1. The ecstasy had begun in the schoolroom and over the Berceuse, quite in the manner of the same foretaste on the day, a little while back, when Susan had panted up and she herself, after the hint about the duchess, had sailed down; for what harm then had there been in drops and disappointments if she could still have, even only a moment, the sensation of such a name " brought up"? – What Maisie Knew by Henry James
  2. But they hold the earnest of victory, the foretaste of life eternal. – The Expositor's Bible: Ephesians by G. G. Findlay
  3. He proposed to himself a pleasant evening's chat, in which that lady would be discussed in all her bearings, and he would enjoy a foretaste of the praise ere long to be dealt out to him before an admiring public. – Audrey Craven by May Sinclair
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