- 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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Examples from the Web for savouries
The chief objects of our cooking experiments were cakes and savouries.
If a guest eats his fill of savouries, his stomach will be fatigued.A History of Chinese Literature
Herbert A. Giles
The sweets were cold, and she got in the savouries, and sometimes an ice pudding.Lady Cassandra
Mrs George de Horne Vaizey
The cultivation of the taste for savouries seems to blunt the taste for fruits and the delicate foods.The Chemistry of Food and Nutrition
A. W. Duncan
But she is limited, very limited, and entrées and savouries are the two things in which I cannot entirely trust her.A Duet
Arthur Conan Doyle
- 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
- attractive to the sense of taste or smell
- salty or spicy; not sweeta savoury dish
- a savoury dish served as an hors d'oeuvre or dessert
Word Origin and History for savouries
"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.).