- The definition of savory is food that is salty or spicy, not sweet, or something that is morally acceptable.
- A spicy sauce that isn't sweet is an example of a savory sauce.
- An action that respects common morals is an example of a savory action.
This pesto sauce is a savory.
- pleasing to the taste or smell; appetizing
- pleasant, agreeable, attractive, etc.
- morally acceptable; respectable
- salty or piquant; not sweet: a savory relish
Origin of savoryMiddle English savouri ; from Old French savouré, past participle of savourer, to taste ; from savour, savor
Origin of savoryMiddle English saverey ; from Old French savoreie, altered (prob. by associated, association with savour, savor) ; from Classical Latin satureia, savory
- Appetizing to the taste or smell: a savory stew.
- Piquant, pungent, or salty to the taste; not sweet.
- Morally respectable; inoffensive: a past that was scarcely savory.
Origin of savoryMiddle English savure, from Old French savoure, past participle of savourer, to taste, from Late Latin sapōrāre, from Latin sapor, flavor; see savor.
- An annual Mediterranean aromatic herb (Satureja hortensis) of the mint family, having pale lavender to white flowers. Also called summer savory.
- A related Mediterranean aromatic perennial herb (Satureja montana), having white or pink flowers. Also called winter savory.
- The leaves of either of these plants, used as seasoning.
Origin of savoryMiddle English saverey, alteration of Old French sarree, alteration of Latin saturēia.
(comparative more savory, superlative most savory)
- Tasty, attractive to the palate.
- The fine restaurant presented an array of savory dishes; each was delicious.
- Salty or non-sweet.
- The mushrooms, meat, bread, rice, peanuts and potatoes were all good savory foods.
- Not overly sweet.
- The savory duck contrasted well with the sweet sauce.
- (figuratively) Morally or ethically acceptable.
- Readers are to be warned that quotations in this chapter contain some not so savory language.
- A savory snack.