- 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 relishing
But they are relishing their pastries with heavy hearts this week, as De Robertis prepares to close its doors for good tomorrow.De Robertis, a New York Great, Bids Farewell
December 4, 2014
As I remember, he repeated the phrase, relishing it two or three times.Robert Pinsky: The Comedy of Seamus Heaney
October 1, 2013
She looked at him provocatively, as if relishing the chance to do something the rest of the royal family would never do.Working in The Royal Archives and Dreaming Up a Novel
October 16, 2012
He certainly is relishing his ability to create beautiful and mysterious women.Can Pulp Win the Booker?
September 7, 2011
Dauman is a dealmaker at heart, relishing negotiations as much as he does movie premieres.Will Viacom Soon Be for Sale?
April 15, 2010
The water-melons of Africa are not near so relishing as those of Louisiana.The History of Louisiana
Le Page Du Pratz
Dip some oysters into the yolk of an egg, and do the same; and also some relishing forcemeat balls, made as for mock turtle.
I was holding the last piece of news for a minute or two, relishing it.The Risk Profession
Donald Edwin Westlake
For a while there was a dead silence, save when broken by smacking and relishing lips.Captain Canot
Not relishing this, she hauled down her colours and triced up her sails.The Boy who sailed with Blake
- 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 relishing
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.