Savory meaning

sāvə-rē
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Morally respectable; inoffensive.

A past that was scarcely savory.

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Appetizing to the taste or smell.

A savory stew.

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Piquant, pungent, or salty to the taste; not sweet.
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(figuratively) Morally or ethically acceptable.

Readers are to be warned that quotations in this chapter contain some not so savory language.

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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.

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Salty or piquant; not sweet.

A savory relish.

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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.
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An annual Mediterranean aromatic herb (Satureja hortensis) of the mint family, having pale lavender to white flowers.
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A related Mediterranean aromatic perennial herb (Satureja montana), having white or pink flowers.
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The leaves of either of these plants, used as seasoning.
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Pleasing to the taste or smell; appetizing.
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In England and Canada, a small, highly seasoned portion of food served at the end of a meal or as an appetizer.
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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.
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Tasty, attractive to the palate.

The fine restaurant presented an array of savory dishes; each was delicious.

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Salty or non-sweet.

The mushrooms, meat, bread, rice, peanuts and potatoes were all good savory foods.

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Not overly sweet.

The savory duck contrasted well with the sweet sauce.

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A savory snack.
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Any of several Mediterranean herbs, of the genus Satureja, grown as culinary flavourings.
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The leaves of these plants used as a flavouring.
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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

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

    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

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

    From Wiktionary