This pesto sauce is a savory.
- 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
- : often in negative constructions: a less than savory manner
- 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.
Possibly from Old English saetherie, from Latin satureia, influenced by or via Old French savereie