Savory Definition

sāvə-rē
savories
adjective
Pleasing to the taste or smell; appetizing.
Webster's New World
Pleasant, agreeable, attractive, etc.
Webster's New World
Salty or piquant; not sweet.
A savory relish.
Webster's New World
Morally acceptable; respectable.
Webster's New World
noun
savories
A dish of pungent taste, such as anchovies on toast or pickled fruit, sometimes served in Great Britain as an hors d'oeuvre or instead of a sweet dessert.
American Heritage
In England and Canada, a small, highly seasoned portion of food served at the end of a meal or as an appetizer.
Webster's New World
Any of a genus (Satureja) of aromatic mints; esp., summer savory (S. hortensis) and winter savory (S. montana), both native to Europe and used in cooking.
Webster's New World
A related Mediterranean aromatic perennial herb (Satureja montana), having white or pink flowers.
American Heritage
The leaves of either of these plants, used as seasoning.
American Heritage
Synonyms:
Micromeria julianasavoury
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Other Word Forms of Savory

Noun

Singular:
savory
Plural:
savories

Origin of Savory

  • Middle English savure from Old French savoure past participle of savourer to taste from Late Latin sapōrāre from Latin sapor flavor savor

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Possibly from Old English saetherie, from Latin satureia, influenced by or via Old French savereie

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English saverey alteration of Old French sarree alteration of Latin saturēia

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From the Old French savoure, from savourer, from Latin saporare, from sapor

    From Wiktionary

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