The definition of savory is food that is salty or spicy, not sweet, or something that is morally acceptable.adjective
- 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.
- pleasing to the taste or smell; appetizing
- pleasant, agreeable, attractive, etc.
- morally acceptable; respectable
- salty or piquant; not sweet: a savory relish
Origin: ME savouri < OFr savouré, pp. of savourer, to taste < savour, savor
noun pl. savories
Origin: ME saverey < OFr savoreie, altered (prob. by assoc. with savour, savor) < L satureia, savory
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- 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: Middle English savure, from Old French savoure, past participle of savourer, to taste, from Late Latin sapōrāre, from Latin sapor, flavor; see savor.
- saˈvor·i·ly adverb
- saˈvor·i·ness noun
noun pl. sa·vor·ies
- An annual Mediterranean aromatic herb (Satureja hortensis) of the mint family, having flowers with a pale lavender to white corolla. Also called summer savory.
- A related Mediterranean aromatic herb (Satureja montana) having flowers in a long, white or pink corolla. Also called winter savory.
- The leaves of either of these plants, used as seasoning.
- Any of several plants of the genus Micromeria in the mint family.
Origin: Middle English saverey, alteration of Old French sarree, alteration of Latin saturēia.