- liking or enjoyment of the taste of something.
- pleasurable appreciation of anything; liking: He has no relish for obscene jokes.
- something savory or appetizing added to a meal, as pickles or olives.
- a sweet pickle made of various vegetables, usually chopped or minced.
- an appetizer or hors d'oeuvre.
- a pleasing or appetizing flavor.
- a pleasing or enjoyable quality.
- a taste or flavor.
- a smack, trace, or touch of something.
- to take pleasure in; like; enjoy: I don't relish the long drive home.
- to make pleasing to the taste.
- to like the taste of.
- to have taste or flavor.
- to be agreeable.
Origin of relish
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Examples from the Web for relish
Catherine also seems to relish the danger and violence of her job.The Feminist Aesthetic of ‘Happy Valley’: A Refusal to Eroticize Violence Against Women
August 31, 2014
In the early scenes as he studies his own regenerated image in a mirror he concludes with relish: “These are attack eyebrows.”Doctor Who’s ‘Deep Breath’: The 2,000-Year-Old Time Lord Grows Up
August 8, 2014
The slaw is vaguely like piccalilli or relish, but has a taste and drippy texture like no other.The Most American Pit Stop in the U.S.A.
Jane & Michael Stern
July 21, 2014
We relish crime depicted well and expect a level of authenticity in the portrayal.Are Narcocorrido Mexican Drug Ballads Really That Bad?
November 24, 2013
Regardless of the outcome, this is not the kind of political fight I relish.Don’t Listen to Shutdown Predictions
October 1, 2013
She evidently did not relish his glib talk about the university.In the Midst of Alarms
The men did not relish the idea of quitting the spot; but, after some talk, they came into my plan.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
My mother, who saw that I did not relish the asses' milk, put in a word for me.Tales And Novels, Volume 9 (of 10)
The porter could hardly refrain, from smacking his lips with an air of relish as he said this.Henry Dunbar
M. E. Braddon
She came running to me with a suggestion for economizing in the manufacture of the relish.Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
- to savour or enjoy (an experience) to the full
- to anticipate eagerly; look forward to
- to enjoy the taste or flavour of (food, etc); savour
- to give appetizing taste or flavour to (food), by or as if by the addition of pickles or spices
- liking or enjoyment, as of something eaten or experienced (esp in the phrase with relish)
- pleasurable anticipationhe didn't have much relish for the idea
- an appetizing or spicy food added to a main dish to enhance its flavour
- an appetizing taste or flavour
- a zestful trace or touchthere was a certain relish in all his writing
- music (in English lute, viol, and keyboard music of the 16th and 17th centuries) a trilling ornament, used esp at cadences
Word Origin and History for relish
1520s, "taste, flavor," alteration of reles "scent, taste, aftertaste," (c.1300), from Old French relais, reles, "something remaining, that which is left behind," from relaisser "to leave behind" (see release (v.)). Meaning "enjoyment of the taste or flavor of something" is attested from 1640s. Sense of "condiment, that which imparts flavor" is first recorded 1797. The stuff you put on hot dogs is a sweet green pickle relish.
1560s "give flavor to" (implied in relished), from relish (n.). The transferred sense of "to enjoy, take pleasure in" is from 1590s. Related: Relishing.