- pleasant or agreeable in taste or smell: a savory aroma.
- piquant: a savory jelly.
- pleasing, attractive, or agreeable.
- British. an aromatic, often spicy course or dish served either as an appetizer or as a dessert, as pickled fish or brandied fruit.
Origin of savory1
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- any of several aromatic herbs belonging to the genus Satureja, of the mint family, especially S. hortensis (summer savory) or S. montana (winter savory), having narrow leaves used in cookery.
Origin of savory2
Examples from the Web for savories
The same remarks apply to savories, which last ought always to be highly seasoned, whether hot or cold.The Belgian Cookbook
Savories, a species of salt fish and cheese sandwich, is served in England hot, about the end of dinner.The Complete Bachelor
Savories, on the contrary, are a whet to the appetite and clear the palate for the due appreciation of the dinner.Breakfasts and Teas
But a 'tea' in the north-country depends for distinction, not on its solids or its savories, but on its sweets.Robert Elsmere
Mrs. Humphry Ward
- any of numerous aromatic plants of the genus Satureja, esp S. montana (winter savory) and S. hortensis (summer savory), of the Mediterranean region, having narrow leaves and white, pink, or purple flowers: family Lamiaceae (labiates)
- the leaves of any of these plants, used as a potherb
Word Origin and History for savories
"pleasing in taste or smell," c.1200, from Old French savore "tasty, flavorsome" (Modern French savouré), past participle of savourer "to taste" (see savor (n.)).
aromatic mint, late 14c., perhaps an alteration of Old English sæþerie, which is ultimately from Latin satureia "savory (n.)," a foreign word in Latin. But early history of the word suggests transmission via Old French savereie. In either case, the form of the word probably was altered by influence of the Middle English or Old French form of savory (adj.).